Cutting his teeth at the Michelin starred Chester Grosvenor, followed by time spent at Chapter One, Chez Bruce, York & Albany and Jamie’s Italian, Gary Usher opened Sticky Walnut in Hoole, Chester, in 2011 on a budget that meant he had to famously choose between a combi-oven or new tables and chairs.
After a few very successful years, Gary decided to open a second bistro. With no support from the banks, he launched a crowdfunding campaign. Securing more than £100,000, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral was born in July 2015. Following Burnt Truffle’s success, Gary launched another crowdfunding campaign early in 2016 to open a third restaurant. Receiving nearly £60,000 in pledges, Hispi in Didsbury, South Manchester began service in October 2016.
Unable to rest on his laurels, Gary launched a third crowdfunding campaign in May 2017. UK crowdfunding records were broken, over £200,000 was raised and Wreckfish opened in Liverpool in October 2017.
2018 sees plans for two additional bistros in the North West, Pinion and Kala.