Following the success of his £100,000 crowd-funding appeal to launch Heswall restaurant Burnt Truffle, Chester’s Sticky Walnut (pictured) proprietor Gary Usher has announced plans to finance another restaurant through crowd-sourcing. The outspoken chef (Harden’s has been on the receiving end of his wrath so take our word for it!) will unveil his new campaign to raise £50,000 for Hispi Bistro in Chorlton, south Manchester in March.
Usher and his team will apparently film a promotional video for the crowd-funding project in February. Hispi Bistro will be the third site for his group, which incorporates Sticky Walnut in Hoole, Chester, and newcomer Burnt Truffle in Heswall, Wirral, which opened in spring last year to very positive reviews.
The £100,000 campaign to crowd-fund Burnt Truffle back in 2014 quickly racked up over £24,000 in just 24 hours and reached its target in just a month – so hopes must be high for the successful funding of Hispi, which needs just half that amount.
However Usher told the Caterer that the restaurant would actually require five times that amount and he would also be seeking bank input.
Hispi will be a 60-cover “neighbourhood bistro” in the same vein as Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle, serving fresh bread, Sunday roast meats, sticky braised meat, cheesy truffle chips, and a wide range of baked fruit tarts.