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Tom Kerridge Supports Gary Usher’s Kala Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise £100k in 100 Hours

Tom Kerridge Supports Gary Usher's Kala Crowdfunding Campaign to Raise £100k in 100 Minutes
Written by Amy

Eager to support Usher’s entry into the Manchester city centre restaurant scene, Tom Kerridge is supporting Elite Bistros’, KALA, which is set to open its doors on Kings Street in May this year. Usher’s most ambitious crowdfunding campaign yet will see him attempt to raise £100k on 11th March.

Having opened the doors to the much anticipated, Pinion, Prescot, in October, plans were announced for a sixth restaurant, opening on Kings Street in Manchester soon after. Five months later, work has already begun on the building but due to unforeseen construction work and subsequent costs that are spiralling beyond the proposed budget, Gary Usher announced that they would be launching their fifth crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash to finish the project.

Gary Usher comments: “It’s no secret that I’ve messed up the numbers with Kala. Unfortunately, due to building issues we didn’t anticipate, we need an additional £100k if we are going to be able to open so we had to make the decision to do another crowdfunder.”

After seeing Gary’s frank video on social media detailing the issues with Kala, chef patron of the two Michelin starred The Hand & Flowers, Tom Kerridge, offered to help them raise the money by holding two guest chef nights consecutively at Didsbury’s Hispi and Liverpool’s Wreckfish on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th March.

Tom Kerridge comments: “Gary is everything that I find amazing about this industry – he’s driven, passionate and his love of restaurants is hugely inspiring. He is a friend that I admire very much. And as a bunch of people in Marlow, we would love to help Gary in any way that we can, to open his biggest and most exciting venture to date!”

Gary continues: “When Tom rang me asking how he could help get us the cash to open Kala, I couldn’t believe it. He has supported us so much with Wreckfish and it really helped us get over the line so, to do it again really is something special. Tom’s nights at Hispi and Wreckfish will undoubtedly be exceptional and, with Tom’s unprecedented support, we just can’t wait to get going with the Kickstarter now.”

KALA, managed by Katy Mills, will be a 55-cover restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a separate 15-cover bar space available for customers to enjoy a drink, their take on British bar snacks or the a la carte menu.

Head Chef, Zhelyazko Zhelyazkov, or ‘Jiji’, who has previously worked at the two Michelin Star Moor Hall and Raby Hunt, has created a KALA menu that will feature bistro style dishes, such as burrata, beef tartare, braised featherblade, a monkfish, spinach and tomato fondue, apple tart and crème caramel, as well as bread baked on-site and Elite Bistro’s famed truffle and parmesan chips. The city-centre restaurant will also offer an all-day menu at the bar, featuring small, simple and delicious British dishes, such as pigs head sausage roll and pickled eggs.

If the crowdfunding campaign is successful, KALA will open on King Street in May 2019 and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

The trailer for the Kickstarter campaign can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/318505861

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