A latest venture from the owner of popular Hoole restaurant Sticky Walnut opens this week.
Hispi bistro launches in Didsbury, South Manchester, after a huge crowdfunding campaign - and it looks fantastic.
It is the third addition to the family for chef proprietor Gary Usher following the success of Sticky and its sister Burnt Truffle in Heswall.
Hispi officially opens on October 7 after a short soft launch period next week, when the first diners will get to try the menu with 50 per cent off.
Mr Usher said: “The thing people always say they love about Sticky is they like that it feels homely; it feels like you’re eating in someone’s living room.
“I wanted it to feel like you’ve walked into someone’s house, and I wanted this area to look like a kitchen.
“We’re only here because of the crowdfunding, we wouldn’t have got any of the other money together without it.”
Sticky Walnut has enjoyed huge success since it opened in 2011, including being named AA Restaurant of the Year in 2014 and being named one of Guardian food critic Marina O’Loughlin’s 50 favourite UK restaurants.
Hispi, which takes its name from a variety of cabbage, hopes to follow in its footsteps.
The 85-cover restaurant was only possible due to a Kickstarter campaign which received more than £60,000 in pledges.
Inside a giant mirror hangs on the wall inscribed with the names of some of the hundreds of supporters who contributed.
Heading up the kitchen is former Aumbry chef Richard Sharples, who spent nine months working at Sticky Walnut after Mary-Ellen McTague’s Prestwich restaurant closed.
Manager Gareth Jones has had success in London with Michelin-starred Kitchen W8, Arbutus and Wild Honey.
Mr Usher said: “The menu is the same ethos as at Sticky and Burnt but the dishes are Richard’s recipes, done in the style of what we do.
“Our bistros are about offering people the freedom to eat really great food on their doorstep.
“You can walk into Hispi knowing you will get good, inspired food in a relaxed atmosphere at a really amazing price.”
For more information about Hispi bistro, to see the menu or to make a reservation visit hispi.net.
What do you think of this story? Let us know in the comments below.