Residency restaurant and Steel Bar coming to KelhamPosted by: Ashley Birch
Residency owner Chris Hales on MasterChef 2016
The new venture from former MasterChef contestant Chris Hale promises to ‘change’ the way you dine in Kelham Island
A former MasterChef contestant has revealed plans to set up a ‘permanent pop-up'… stay with us… in Kelham Island’s Steel Yard, on Bardwell Road.
The idea is that Residency, a 40-seater restaurant housed inside shipping containers, will become home to a new restaurant, or pop-up, every month.
Each new tenant can take the restaurant in whatever direction they like, within reason, while the owners will take care of the attached Steel Bar that will boast, the admittedly small milestone, ‘biggest beer garden in Kelham!’
The restaurant and bar will be made up of five shipping containers, with two dedicated to the bar and two to the restaurant, separated by a central container, which will house the kitchen.
Chris Hale, The MasterChef quarter finalist and executive chef at The Hepworth Wakefield, said: “It’s something new. It’s going to be a different restaurant every month. Idea is that they run a proper sit down restaurant, not going pizza parlour but not going Joro either, somewhere in the middle.”
Readers might remember the 31-year-old from his stint on the hit BBC cooking show and his, shall we say, less than impressive Indian sushi! He assures us he’s learned a lot since then. He said: “After that I started doing pop up events and that’s where the idea for Residency came from. To start up a restaurant is a massive thing and this gives pop-ups the chance to test new things.
Chris on MasterChef
“Peoples eating habits have changed, they don’t go to the same Italian every week where they know the owner, they want to try something new.”
Chris is partnering with Sheffield-lad and friend Andrew Grice. Former soldier, Andrew, worked as a project manager before joining the army, but for years has wanted to go it alone and set up his own business in his home city.
He's also got family links to the site: His granddad Albert worked for 45 years at Hallamshire steelworks, bang where the Steel Yard is – something he only discovered when he took his mum to have a look round.
Andrew said: “It’s an amazing coincidence and makes me feel as though the whole thing was meant to be. Plus my granddad Albert would definitely approve of me running a bar with the biggest beer garden in Kelham”
No firm date has been set for opening but Chris told us it’s now ‘full steam ahead.’