Liverpool’s newest food and drink market will officially open at the beginning of April, it has been announced.
Duke Street Food and Drink Market will launch with three traders including FINCA, which featured on the BBC’s ‘Million Pound Menu’ last year.
The Cuban street food concept will be joined by CINDER, headed up by the founders of Smithdown Road’s Belzan, and Cucina di Vincenzo, a family-run Italian restaurant based on Woolton Road.
The market is the latest venture from Liverpool-based Graffiti Spirits Group, the team behind a number of bars and eateries in the city including Salt Dog Slims, Santa Chupitos and Santa Maluco.
The new 500-capacity venue, which is situated in a restored 100-year-old Duke Street warehouse, will aim to become one of the North West’s “primary culinary destinations”.
The three-storey market will house a 60-cover showpiece restaurant, six kitchens, a sushi bar and an outdoor roof terrace.
Other features include a specialist classic cocktail bar with an ethical and sustainable focus and a speciality wine and craft beer offering.
Matt Farrell, the co-founder of Graffiti Spirits Group who is due to be featured on the BBC’s ‘My Million Pound Menu’ this month (pictured main picture, left), says: “Personally, this is our most exciting project to date.
“It has become a larger job than expected, which can happen with buildings of this age, but the charm of the venue is phenomenal.
“We want it to be an artisanal hub for years to come and something that the people of Liverpool can be proud of.
“We are in talks with a lot of well-established figures and want the final inclusions to become a collaboration of industry professionals operating under one roof.”