As a long-standing venue and pioneer of Liverpool’s food and drink scene, Delifonseca’s new 100-seated capacity space has more than doubled the covers of its existing restaurant with the addition of a bar and al fresco dining area following a six-figure sum investment.
The innovative structure was designed by local firm DK-Architects, who were appointed to create an extension that delivered drama with natural lighting for daytime dining and a covered, south facing outdoor area. The architecturally impressive building now incorporates a striking roof shape, deep overhang and large roof lights.
Inside, a bespoke bar facilitates an all-new seasonal cocktail menu accompanied by design features such as booth seating and a tailor-made vestibule inspired by a traditional potting shed in homage to the restaurant’s commitment to home-grown produce.
Proprietor of Delifonseca, Candice Fonseca said: “We are excited to finally share our extension with the public and showcase what we have been working on tirelessly since the springtime. The introduction of the bar allows us to hugely expand our drinks offering with cocktails and draft beer now on the menu, both of which can be enjoyed in our lounge area, allowing guests to relax with a tipple or two before or after dining. The new kitchens have also given our chefs the space and equipment to really flex their creative muscles so customers will see new dishes alongside our ‘deli classics’.
“We have worked with a fantastic team of local suppliers and traders to fit out the new restaurant and have achieved a great look, working with R2 Architecture to create an interior that remains in keeping with our existing restaurant but with a modern twist. By combining copper furnishings with velvet seating, innovative planting both inside and out and an earthy colour palette of purples and greens we’ve been able to provide a sophisticated setting that stays true to our original brand.”
The site now has a spacious, well-equipped kitchen to provide Delifonseca’s chefs a much-improved workspace with additional capacity to train apprentices looking to embark on a career in hospitality. The new state-of-the-art facilities will also support the restaurant’s growing outside catering business which has enjoyed its busiest summer to date.
Delifonseca’s new dining space will initially operate from midday onwards serving dishes from its blackboard menu with plans to extend its service to include weekend breakfast in the coming months.
The existing restaurant will become known as the ‘Brunch Room’ and will have an expanded breakfast menu that is served until mid-afternoon throughout the week.
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