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Exclusive: Original Everyman Bistro team return to Hope St

'New name, new location, new menu, same ethos'

Written by . Published on November 21st 2013.

Exclusive: Original Everyman Bistro team return to Hope St

DEC 2014 UPDATE HERE: Paddy Byrne opens The Pen Factory.

HOPE Street is the place that just keeps on giving this week.

First there was the news of the Everyman's rise from the ashes of demolition with an opening date and a programme. Then there was news of the new Bistro, which is being managed by Thomas Lang.

'The old carbon pencils have gone. This is a
blank canvas and a new set of colouring tools'

But here's the one Liverpool Confidential has been told to keep shtum about all summer.

Paddy Byrne and the team who brought you Liverpool's wonderful Everyman Bistro from 1970 to 2011, are back.

They will be opening Sustenance - a working title - in the basement of the Annexe, the building directly next to The Everyman Theatre, sometime next year.

"New name, new location, new menu, same ethos," they say.

Unlike The Cavern and Mathew St, this will be no attempt at a replica. There are windows and a back garden for a start. 

Since the closure of the Bistro in July 2011, there have been plenty of dispossessed people kicking around pubs and cafes in town who saw the place as the Mothership. A new HQ was desperately sought.

Paddy ByrnePaddy ByrneHowever, Paddy who ran the multi-award-winning Ev, with brother Tim and Dave Scott, sought something else, something new.

Tom Gilll, head chef, had gone off to The Brink, other Bistro chefs set up in Blackburne House and The Fly In the Loaf, a cake-making company was founded by Claudia and Pam - and with Paddy lending his expertise to venues like Rubato, in the basement of the Philharmonic Hall, it was possible to feel the legacy of the late lamented Ev in venues all over town.

After the news broke this week of Tom Lang's appointment as F&B director of the NEW Everyman bars and bistro, which will be operated by a catering company called Baxter Storey, a spokesman for the OLD Bistro commented: "It's a terrific appointment and we would like to wish Tom and his new team all the best for when they open.

"With the re-opening of the Everyman now in sight, it is important that we set some distance between what was and what will be.

"Since the curtain came down on 41 years of trade in the cellars of the old Hope Hall, there have been no shortage of rumours as to what the team behind the Bistro MKI would get up to next.

Annex Hope StAnnex Hope St

"A wine bar for recovering mechanics? WRONG. Mexican street food cooked mostly on a 14 inch waffle iron and served in a fez? WRONG. A van selling inside out butties on West Kirby beach? WRONG."

Sustenance (will it be called Sus for short?) will occupy a similar area space to the Bistro, but this time with SUNSHINE, in the shape of a courtyard, at the back, on Arrad Street, a bit like that of the neighbouring Clove Hitch.

Paddy told Confidential: "This is a new journey. It's great to finally have a project, and the right project, on the go.

"The old carbon pencils have gone. This is a blank canvas and a new set of colouring tools."

Work on Sustenance will commence in March when Everyman Theatre office staff move out of the lower ground floor space at no 13 and into their new building.

As Paddy, Tim,, Dave and Nick Stanley own the Annexe already, Sustenance will, in theory, be as safe as houses.

The clan will be on site from spring, with plans to open in September 2014.

It's been a cold couple of years up the north end of Hope Street.

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29 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 21st 2013.

This has made my day, even though it won't be the same. Liverpool has missed these people, as you say

AnonymousNovember 21st 2013.

I am no longer homeless!

Patricia O'neillNovember 21st 2013.

Hooray!! It's like Christmas has come early...:) Well done to all involved

Paul PaulsNovember 21st 2013.

Great news!

AnonymousNovember 21st 2013.

Wow! Very glad it's not just same old. Out of adversity always comes something better

Stage Door JohnnyNovember 22nd 2013.

AnnexE FFS! ('Annex' is a verb)

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EditorialNovember 22nd 2013.

Thanks Geoff. Appalled

Stage Door JohnnyNovember 22nd 2013.

Not half! I shall write a letter to The Times about it!

Mike LockeNovember 22nd 2013.

Your home is something you put in a house. Similarly the spirit of the old bistro and its creators can be relocated with ease as it was the people who made it special. The best of luck to Paddy and the gang in the new "Mothership" I spent 40 yrs drinking in the old Bistro and fully intend to spend the next 40 in the second incarnation!

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AnonymousNovember 22nd 2013.

Me too. It's been horrible

Stage Door JohnnyNovember 22nd 2013.

Hope Street will become a destination again!

AnonymousNovember 22nd 2013.

No more roaming the streets any more

AnonymousNovember 22nd 2013.

If Samuel Beckett had designed a nightclub it would have been the Everyman bistro. At least all the sad old geography teachers with the leather patches on their elbows and other assorted twats will be in the one place now and will be less of a nuisance to other people.

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John BradleyNovember 22nd 2013.


Elbow PatchesNovember 22nd 2013.

(Tries on knuckleduster for size...)

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2013.

JOHN BRADLEY Twice. Meaning?

John BradleyNovember 23rd 2013.

Nothing happens twice.

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2013.

ELBOW PATCHES (Tries on knuckleduster for size...) Well it's a better look than elbow patches on a tweed jacket

AnonymousNovember 23rd 2013.

"New name, new location, new menu, same ethos," Same shite beer

Elbow PatchesNovember 25th 2013.

Well you don't have to go there: surely you'd feel more comfortable where people wear their PE kit, plimsolls and hooded cardigans like yours?

AnonymousNovember 26th 2013.

Don't worry, I've no intention of going near the Everyman. I'm glad they're all in the one place - easier to avoid. I don't wear a PE kit or a hoodie or go to Matthew Street.

Elbow PatchesJanuary 21st 2014.

You can't spell 'Mathew Street' either. Report here for detention at four o'clock

Brian SobeyNovember 22nd 2013.

Any chance of bringing back Fireman Les as a hologram to supervise the queue (even if there is no need for a queue as was often the case with dear old Les)? In late 76 the firm of architects I worked for moved into the building on the corner of Rodney St and Maryland St. There were about 50 bentwood bistro chairs in the basement. I got Paddy round and he bought all of them. Loved the Bistro - I hope some of the old atmosphere can be recreated in both new venues.

ex-patNovember 23rd 2013.

this is good news. After seeing the one in the new theatre, it can't help but succeed.

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AnonymousNovember 24th 2013.


Elbow PatchesMay 3rd 2014.

Roll on September!

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