Usher gets his Wreckfish campaign up and running

usher wreckfishCHEF and restaurateur Gary Usher has launched his crowd-funding campaign to raise £200,000 for the opening of his fourth venue in Liverpool.

If successful, it will be the largest ever amount raised by Kickstarter for a restaurant in the UK.

Last November, plans were announced on Twitter for the opening of Wreckfish in a derelict 19th Century watchmakers in the Ropewalks area of Liverpool.

A series of pop-ups were held at the building which raised several thousands of pounds in advance of the Kickstarter campaign starting.

When it opens later this year, Wreckfish will add to Usher’s three other restaurants, two of which were also launched through similar campaigns.

These include most recently Hispi, in Didsbury, South Manchester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral and the Sticky Walnut flagship restaurant in Hoole, Chester.

“It’s always been our hope to bring humble, honest food to neighbourhoods throughout the region- it’s what we did with Sticky and it’s what works so well for us,” said Usher (pictured).

“Liverpool holds a special place in my heart, having worked just down the street from where Wreckfish is now.  The response to the pop up we held earlier this year was amazing and made it obvious that this is what people want.

“Opening in a city centre is something new for us, but with the community spirit and neighbourhood feel that Liverpool has, as well as the rise in demand for new restaurants in the area, we know Wreckfish will fit right in.”

The menu will include signature dishes from the other three restaurants including, braised featherblade, truffle and parmesan chips, the famed chicken liver pâté and a house bread.

Those who pledge money towards the Kickstarter campaign can receive a range of benefits including meal vouchers for lunch or dinner in all four restaurants, an invitation to the Wreckfish launch party, private dining and restaurant hire.

Find out more and pledge here.

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