Lunya announces birth of new site at Liverpool’s Albert Dock

elaine and peter kinsellaLIVERPOOL based Catalan restaurant and deli Lunya has announced the opening of a new site at the Albert Dock this summer.

Lunyalita will create 30 new jobs and see investment of £300,000 by the company’s founders Peter and Elaine Kinsella (pictured).

It follows expansion into Manchester and a move into bigger space in Liverpool ONE last October which has seen a 25% increase in sales.

“We have often thought about giving birth to a ‘baby Lunya’ compared with our first two – Lunya Manchester and Liverpool are both more than 5,000 sq ft,” said Elaine.

“We were made aware of a perfect opportunity at Albert Dock with space of 3,000 sq ft available to develop our idea and we’re keen to show that Lunya can work in different formats.”

The ground floor of Lunyalita will be more café, bar and deli, aiming for the strong, informal daytime trade.  It will consist of a “stunning central island” bar, open kitchen and informal café style seating.

Upstairs is a more formal restaurant seating with a purpose-designed private dining and meeting space that can hold up to 50 people seated or 80 standing.

Menu highlights include Catalan-inspired breakfasts, with newer takes and healthy, light options such as smashed avocado, roasted tomatoes and white asparagus.

Lunchtimes will offer huge over-stuffed sandwiches, large salad bowls, a daily large dish (everything from a Paella to Catalan Scouse) with a “when it’s gone, it’s gone” policy.

Other dishes include Huevos Rotos – a big one-stop dish of a large bowl of fried patatas bravas, choice of toppings (eg.Spicy chorizo, roasted Mediterranean vegetables, smoked pancetta) finished off with two fried eggs broken up so all the yolks run through.

Peter added: “Our unit is opposite the Arena and big wheel, next to the Beatles Story, the main entrance to the Albert Dock, and we overlook the dock too.

“Plus we have a close emotional attachment to the Albert Dock, Elaine and I had our wedding reception here in 1988 and it seems serendipity that we can open here in our 30th wedding anniversary year.” @copy NewspaperTimes - All rights reserved