Pay what you want at new Ropewalks restaurant

Liverpool diners are being invited to pay what they want at a new Ropewalks restaurant.

Pop-up dining events will take place next month at Wreckfish Bistro – the latest venture from the team behind acclaimed Chester eatery Sticky Walnut.

Potentially the fourth restaurant in the region for chef and restaurateur Gary Usher, Wreckfish is hoping to open permanently in a former 19th Century watchmakers on the corner of Seel Street and Slater Street.

Work on the watchmakers building, which had lain derelict for a number of years, was completed last year and has now been converted into offices and student accommodation.

The pop-up events will take place from 15-19 February, before a crowdfunding venture for the new eatery is launched in March.

Gary, who also runs Hispi in South Manchester and Burnt Truffle in Heswall, says the pop-up will allow customers to “decide what they want from a restaurant in their area”.

He adds: “Each of our restaurants has their own defining characteristics, from the style of venue and fit out to what goes on the menu.

“We wanted to be able to gauge if people want a Hispi, Burnt Truffle or Sticky Walnut in Liverpool. When the bill comes, diners will be able to pay what they want, which will go straight into the crowdfunding pot.

“We’ve had amazing support from local businesses which have offered everything from kitchen equipment and water pipes to chef’s offering to pot-wash.

“We’re not a faceless, corporate business, we just want to offer local neighborhoods amazing food and the chance to grow with us, which is why we’ll also be looking for Liverpool chefs to ultimately join Wreckfish.”

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