Usher pops-up in Liverpool to help fund new venue Wreckfish

Wreckfish_Popup_images-61 copySTICKY Walnut chef-patron Gary Usher has completed a series of five pop-ups to help boost funding for the new restaurant he plans to open in Liverpool this spring.

The events took place in a derelict 19th Century building in the Ropeworks area of the city which has been ear-marked for the restaurant to be named Wreckfish.

The venture came about after Usher found what he believed to be the perfect site for his fourth restaurant and, wanting to pitch the idea for another crowdfunding campaign, had the idea of setting the scene for potential diners and allowing them to test drive the venue.

The menu featured signature breads from each of Usher’s existing restaurants including cauliflower soup, sea bass ceviche, flamed sea bream, spice rolled venison and finally chocolate torte served with Sticky Walnut’s famed honeycomb.

“I have been buzzing about this idea for what seems like a lifetime, but in reality, we have turned it around in a matter of weeks,” said Usher.

“Seeing the concept up and running in this amazing venue full of happy customers and great food, was all that I could hope for. It’s just made me even more determined to make the permanent restaurant a reality.

“Now we just need to plough as much time and energy as we can into the Wreckfish crowdfunding campaign and hope that everyone around here is as passionate about it becoming a reality as we are.”

All the dishes were cooked by Usher over the five days, with customers deciding how much they paid based on what they thought it was worth.

“With no running water or electricity, we had to get seriously creative, including having to use camping stoves,” he added.  “Everything that we have raised from the pop-up has gone into the crowdfunding pot and now we can’t wait to launch the campaign officially in a few weeks time.”

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