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Founders of Belzan and Volpi to open MADRE at Royal Albert Dock

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Founders of Belzan and Volpi to open MADRE at Royal Albert Dock

The founders of renowned Liverpool restaurants, Belzan and Volpi, and London’s popular Breddos Tacos, are pleased to announce the opening of a new collaborative Mexican taqueria, MADRE, launching at Royal Albert Dock Liverpool in November 2019.

The 100 cover restaurant, opening at the Grade 1 listed site on the Atlantic Pavillion, will offer seating over two floors, a dedicated bar area, and a large outside courtyard.

MADRE, meaning mother in Spanish, is a taqueria inspired by the food culture of Mexico City, where the founders of Breddos have visited countless times over the last 15 years. The Breddos and Belzan partnership was born after a sell-out pop-up in Liverpool during 2018, after Breddos’ first visit to Liverpool, they fell in love with the city and its people and knew something brilliant could come out of this partnership, and MADRE was born.

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MADRE will serve lunch through to dinner and offer a late night snack selection at the weekends, when the bar will remain open until late. Lunch will feature a varied selection of tacos such asiberico pork al pastor, Jalisco style shrimp and beef short rib birria with black pudding mole. The evening menu will also feature larger sharing dishes to be eaten family style, such as half a pig’s head chicharron, butterflied sea-bass divorcioados and hogget barbacoa. The menu has been designed to be accessible, fun and big on flavour, with all produce sourced as locally and sustainably as possible.

The drinks list is designed by the award-winning team behind Belzan and Volpi, comprising a stellar list of margaritas, craft beers, and natural wines – to wash down tacos late into the evening, accompanied by an eclectic soundtrack at the weekends.

Speaking about the new restaurant Co-Founder, Nud Dudhia said, “After years of trading in London we’re super excited to collaborate with some Liverpool legends and create something entirely new and exciting for the city. MADRE will be a place you can stop in for a bite, or stay all night listening to DJs, eating small plates and drinking cocktails with friends.”

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Co-Founder Sam Grainger said, “When we first set out on this journey we knew we needed a special space, we never thought somewhere as prestigious as the Royal Albert Dock would be possible. It’s an unbelievable site with boat loads of character and we hope to deliver a food and drink offering to match. We’re so excited to welcome everyone from far and wide to MADRE to drink, eat, party, dance on the tables and more than anything, feel like they’ve been welcomed into their family home”

“Re-establishing the Albert Dock as a major food and drink destination in the north is such an amazing project to be part of,” said Co-Founder Chris Edwards. “Between us, our team has amassed an incredible amount of hospitality experience, and we cannot wait to pull it all together with MADRE and showcase everything we love about Mexico’s food and drink.

Retail Portfolio Manager of Aberdeen Standard Investments, Gary Sleator, commented, “We’re thrilled to welcome MADRE to the growing mix of established and new independent restaurants here at the Dock. In addition to Rosa’s Thai Cafe, this is the second London brand which has chosen the Dock as its new location, reflecting the impressive line-up we are curating”.

MADRE will open at the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool’s Atlantic Pavillion, please visit the Royal Albert Dock website for further updates.

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