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Red & Blue Restaurants to open in Liverpool's Cabin Club

06 November 2015 by
Red & Blue Restaurants to open in Liverpool's Cabin Club

Liverpool nightclub the Cabin Club is to reopen as a restaurant and bar after being acquired by the Red & Blue Restaurants group.

The 7,000 sq ft space is spread over the first three floors of the Havelock Building on Bold Street. Liverpool-based Red & Blue Restaurants is the group behind the city's Hanover Street Social, the Salt House tapas bar and the Salt House Bacaro on Castle Street.

The as-yet-unnamed site is expected to open in June or July 2016 after a £700,000-800,000 refurbishment and will serve wood-fired pizzas, and small plates, along similar lines to the group's Venetian-style menu at Bacaro. The head chef will be Matt Walsh, who is currently at Bacaro.

It will also be open for breakfast and serve pastries and cakes.

The space will include reclaimed elements such as vintage chairs and mirrors, along similar lines to the group's previous sites, which co-founder Paddy Smith described as "urban-luxe".

Red & Blue Restaurants was co-founded by Paddy Smith and Jonathan Poole, respectively former group chef and co-founder (with Jason Ellison) of Ego Restaurants, after Ego was sold to 3Sixty restaurateur James Horler in 2008.

The new site will join a host of other new establishments in the Bold Street area, including Leaf, American Pizza Slice, Maray, Le Coq and Mowgli.

The nightclub itself was said to have inspired the Beatles' song Don't Bother Me, which was written by George Harrison in 1963, after he was reportedly harassed by photographers on his way into the club.

Commenting on the plans, Smith told The Caterer: "It's a very iconic building. We were looking to get out of Liverpool and do another Bacaro in Manchester or the surrounding area, but then we got approached by the landlord.

"We had wanted to open on Bold Street a few times and never really got the right place. We'd always admired that building and thought, if it ever comes on to the market, we'd love to do it. So when we got approached, we knew we wanted to do it. We know it's going to be beautiful when it's all refurbished."

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