FOOTBALL superstar Steven Gerrard is looking to open a restaurant in Chester.
The Liverpool FC legend has just bought a stake in Southport-based restaurant The Warehouse Brasserie as it undergoes a refurbishment and has already started looking further afield to develop the business.
He and businessman Paul Addams are eyeing up locations in Chester, Liverpool and Manchester as part of their business plan.
The Liverpool captain revealed he jumped at the chance to buy a share in ‘my favourite restaurant’.
By teaming up with business owner, entrepreneur Paul Addams, Gerrard will oversee the £250,000 transformation of the brasserie which promises ‘cool and comfortable’ dining. It will be redesigned in line with atmospheric and casual New York ‘hipster bars’.
Dad-of-two Gerrard, 29, gave a hint of what Chester diners can expect when they make the move here.
He said: “This is not a theme bar, it’s about great food, great surroundings and making it a place that people really want to come back to.
“This is my first venture in the restaurant trade, but I think it’s important to also say that my priorities are, and always will be, on the football pitch.”
Paul Addams, who also owns the Vincent Hotel, a frequent haunt of Gerrard and wife Alex Curran, said: “We were having dinner one evening and discussing the plans for the Warehouse, Steven really liked the idea and suggested we do it together, which I obviously thought was a great idea.
“I would echo what Steven says about this not being a ‘celebrity’ restaurant. Steven is simply one of the owners and, like me, he shares a passion for great food and design.”