Wetherspoon looked through a list of several different names before deciding on An Ruadh Ghlean, Gaelic for ‘red glen’.
Names rejected included The Grand Central, after the old cinema; The West Burn, after the burn that powered the grain mill in Bankhead; The Miller Downes, whose death prompted the closure of the mill; The Sir William Wallace, relating to the myths about Wallace being betrayed the English in the town; and The Lady of the Lake or The Isle of Arran, after the paddle steamers built in the town.
The name is bound to spark debate among Ruglonians, but local businessman Malcolm Macaskill, who grew up in the town and revealed the name on his Twitter account, has given it the thumbs up.
He said: “I think it’s great, as it relates to the heritage of the town.
“I quite like the fact Wetherspoons recognises Rutherglen and its history, because they could easily have called it something outrageous.
“I was quite pleased when I found out the name. My family is originally from Skye so I’m quite familiar with the Gaelic interpretation.
“It’s a really nice touch and brings people’s attention to the Gaelic language and gives people a new perspective on the town.”
Work on the pub is currently underway, with around 40 jobs expected to be created.
Council leader Eddie McAvoy, whose Rutherglen Central and North ward covers the Main Street, expects the opening to be a major boost for the town.
He said: “I think it’s an excellent location that will bring some life to the Main Street.
“Wetherspoon is a well-established company with a good reputation. I think it will enhance Rutherglen.
“It will offer people a lot more opportunities in terms of somewhere to eat and I think people in the town will welcome it.”
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