Gary Usher, the North West chef-patron behind the Sticky Walnut, Hispi and Burnt Truffle restaurants, has broken through his crowdfunding target of £200,000 for his new Liverpool restaurant Wreckfish.
The fundraising project, which launched on 2 May through Kickstarter, as of last night had over 1,453 backers and had raised £203,190, which is understood to be the largest amount raised in the UK via Kickstarter for a restaurant.
The group is investing £500,000 in total in the new restaurant, with £300,000 already secured from its bank.
The money raised will go toward the refurbishment and launch of the 90-cover restaurant, in a derelict 19th Century watchmakers building on the corner of Slater and Seel Street. It is due to launch this September.
High-profile chefs including Tom Kerridge, Angela Hartnett, Daniel Clifford, Simon Rimmer and Michael O’Hare, have offered “prizes”, including special events, to help Usher achieve his target.
Writing on Twitter last night, Usher said: “What you’ve all done is the most special thing I’ve ever been part of. From a pop up with no cash to a restaurant in Liverpool. I love you.”