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Stevie G gets into the restaurant game

LFC captain joins Carragher and Agger in all things culinary as Torres reveals TV show dining ambitions

Published on April 8th 2010.


Stevie G gets into the restaurant game
WHAT DOES a £6 million-a-year Premiership footballer buy when he has got everything? His favourite restaurant, of course.

Steven Gerrard might have taken the very idea of going out for the night in Southport onto a whole new level – but now he's joining the other side, where he won't get into any daft lumber.

The England and Liverpool FC star, whose Formby back yard gym is so big that it's got its own postcode, has hooked up with Paul Adams, head honcho of the Vincent Hotel and Warehouse Brasserie. They are to relaunch the Warehouse with a new look and new name.

Is it Brasserie Gerrard. Nah, been done. Is it the Warehouse Bar & Grill? Oh puleease. No, no and no. it's the Warehouse Kitchen & Bar.

The Warehouse, top haunt of Premiership stars and their good lady WAGs, has long been the only Merseyside restaurant to retain a Michelin Bib Gourmand for good value food. Now it is undergoing a major refurbishment before opening all new at the end of this month.

Gerrard, as a shareholder in the venture, said: “If you look back at any interviews I have done where they’ve asked me about my favourite restaurant, and I’ve done a lot over the years, I’ve always said the Warehouse.

“I’ve been eating there for years because I love the food and the atmosphere, so it’s genuinely exciting to become its co-owner with Paul.

“I don’t want to just be the celebrity face of the restaurant. 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.”

The theme of the restaurant, it says here, “is a closely guarded secret”.

Nevertheless we learn that it has “taken its inspiration from the new wave of “hipster bars” popular in New York’s Tribeca district”.These are not to be confused with the old wave of “hip replacement bars” popular in Southport's Lord St district – at least among the resort's elderly population.

Adams said that there are plans to roll out the brand deep into WAG country with branches in south Manchester, Chester and Liverpool. “To have Steven join our team is just fantastic,” he added.

Stevie G follows team mates Jamie Carragher (Cafe Sports England), and Daniel Agger (Que Pasa, Lark Lane) into the heady world of clattering cutlery.

The move comes as further proof that Liverpool FC players are keen to display their skills off the pitch and in the kitchen.

Earlier this week, Fernando Torres revealed that he wants to take part in a Come Dine With Me special.The Spanish striker has frequently spoken about his passion for food and British cookery shows, confessing to holding competitions with Gerrard and Carragher.

Gerrard insists: “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.”

But anxious Reds fans, concerned that dressing room banter will be more about the price of sausages than Rafa's team talk, appeared to have their worries confirmed this week when an Anfield insider related to Confidential a recent half-time exchange overheard between players.

"Someone said 'great nutmeg' and assumed it was a compliment until I realised he actually said 'grate nutmeg' which, as we all know, is step five of Carra's legendary cauliflower cheese recipe."

Or as the people of Berkshire like to say, "They can beat an egg, but they can't beat Reading."

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

MD FielderApril 7th 2010.

I hope they aren't going to allow overgrown boys dressed up in football kits to dine in here

Sporty StarApril 7th 2010.

Spoke to a guy recently who used to be a chef in Cafe Sports England. He told me English speaking kitchen staff were in the minority and the food is nothing more than glorified, dressed up, unhealthy fast food.

Roy of the RoversApril 7th 2010.

Will the opening night feature a special punch?

NickApril 7th 2010.

Opening in the summer you say? Hmm, if he's looking for a head waiter around that time he may well be in luck.

Billy The FishApril 7th 2010.

I'll bet the fish are extremely battered.

RedneckApril 7th 2010.

Unlike Goodison it'll sell more than bitter.

Mich O'LinApril 7th 2010.

And they don't call Dirk Kuyt the Frying Dutchman for nothing. PS Can I have Carra's recipe, please?

BluenoseApril 7th 2010.

What beer they serve on the bar? Special Bruise?

AnonymousApril 7th 2010.

Are the south manchester and cheshire branches so he can keep eating there once he's moved to city?

BluenoseApril 7th 2010.

LOL!

AnonymousApril 7th 2010.

What, Rafa?

Ay!CarmelaApril 7th 2010.

"English speaking kitchen staff were in the minority "Good heavens, how simply awful.

Raven on the WingApril 7th 2010.

I'll bet the eggs are thoroughly beaten.

Legge's ElevenApril 7th 2010.

There are rumours about their banana split

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