Chef, restaurateur, and crowdfunding powerhouse Gary Usher has broken a world record after raising £100,000 in 11 hours to help open Kala, his sixth venture to date. Usher announced his plans on Instagram last week, conceding that while he had planned not to crowdfund for Kala, he had “f*cked up” and needed a cash boost […]

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Gary Usher, the king of Kickstarter chefs, is chasing his third round of crowdfunding to launch the fourth restaurant of his northwestern empire – with fellow chefs led by Tom Kerridge (pictured) rallying to help. Usher needs pledges totalling £200,000 – significantly more than in his first two campaigns – by June 8 in order to proceed with his planned restaurant Wreckfish in Liverpool. […]

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The Sunday Times’s AA Gill revisits Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy in its new form as Pharmacy 2 in Vauxhall and finds things have changed considerably since the Notting Hill original launched in 1998, when the opening was ‘like a red-carpet premiere, a mob of paparazzi and rubberneckers, double-parked limos, teeth and tits’. “I was surprised at […]

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A few week’s ago we reported on the interesting rise of crowd-funded restaurants as several high-profile restaurateurs announced plans to finance their latest ventures this way. We also pointed out that this strategy doesn’t always pay off – just look at the unfortunate case of Viajante. A slam dunk idea one would reckon. It’s a […]

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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 […]

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