RBS funds new Gastropub in famous Liverpool landmark


RBS funds new Gastropub in famous Liverpool landmark

Business partners Mark Friend and Steve Slater have opened a new gastropub inside one of Liverpool's most famous buildings after securing funding from The Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS").

The duo, who already own three French Bistros in Liverpool city centre, have invested more than £250k to launch the Hub Alehouse & Kitchen inside the Casartelli building on Hanover Street.

The interior of the grade two listed building has been transformed into a light, open plan space which is capable of accommodating up to 160 customers. The Hub's menu is inspired by traditional British pub fare, whilst the bar features several cask ales that change each month. The venture has led to the creation of 38 new jobs.

Mark and Steve opened their first restaurant, Bistro Pierre, in the Cavern Quarter in 2003. Three years later the opened Bistro Jacques on Hardman Street and in 2009 they opened Bistro Franc on Hanover Street. They now employ 110 people across their four restaurants.

The Casartelli Building was built in 1760 on behalf of the wealthy Italian Casartelli family, who ran their scientific instruments manufacturing business from the site. It later became a wine warehouse before falling into disrepair. In 2001 the building was declared unsafe and was demolished. An exact replica of the building was rebuilt in 2007 using the original material from the site.

Mark Friend, Director of The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen, said: "It has taken a lot of hard work and effort to reach this stage and we are very pleased to welcome our first customers. Although Steve and I have planned to open a fourth outlet in Liverpool for some time, we wanted to find the right location to introduce a fresh concept into the market.

"The Casartelli Building is the perfect setting to do this. The Hub aims to provide a quality food offering, a good range of cask ales, world beers, cocktails and an extensive wine list."

RBS Relationship Manager Rob Grace said: "Mark and Steve have a proven track record in this market having run a successful restaurant business in Liverpool for the last seven years. They impressed us with their plans for the Hub and secured the bank's backing as a result."

For further information please contact:

Mark Lester
Regional Communications Manager, The Royal Bank of Scotland
Tel: +44 (0) 7917 598 585
mark.lester@rbs.co.uk

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