Reasons to be cheerful in 2019 – new bars and restaurants

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What can we look forward to launching in the new year?

Duke Street Market

Sometimes the best things in life are worth the wait. In Duke Street’s case, it’s been a long one.

Having already played a key part in the city’s nightlife scene, food and drink entrepreneurs John Ennis and Matt Farrell, are taking influences from the best artisan markets around the world for their new venture in a stunning site on Duke Street. 

Specialising in the finest food and the coolest drinks, the market will act as a platform for independent brands, offering visitors and Liverpool residents a space in which to try the best the city has to offer.

Graffiti Spirits Group is an independent bar and restaurant group which was founded by John and Matt in 2007 with just two members of staff and £200. 

Matt explains: “We want the ethos of the venue to be all about quality, with some of the best operators from inside and outside the cities boundaries coming together to bring a venue that the city can be really proud of. The aim is to be the number one go-to spot for a gastronomic experience in the city.”

The market is due to open this Spring.

Thyme Oxton

The creative force behind the award-winning Panoramic 34, Cathy Frost, is opening a venue closer to home in Wirral. The new Thyme bistro in pretty Oxton village will have a cosy French feel.

“We spend a lot of time in France, so we’ve been getting a lot of inspiration there. Once the building work started it was a bit of a Pandora’s box,” says Cathy. “We didn’t realise quite how much work was needed, but it’s getting there, and we’re excited.”

Thyme is due to open at the end of February.

Delifonseca Dockside extension

Liverpool deli Delifonseca has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Dockside extension. The venue hopes to raise £150,000 towards £500,000 expansion plans. The site will house a new purpose-built kitchen to train new chefs. It will also provide a new bar area and increased dining capacity.

Owner Candice Fonseca says: “As a restaurant and deli, our entire business depends on the custom of the public who have been incredibly supportive over the last 12 years. This expansion will be able to ensure the future of Delifonseca – It gives us a lovely larger restaurant but, just as importantly, it gives us a great ‘back of house’ and kitchen where we can train and nurture the future talents of the Liverpool food scene.”

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