Grant for restaurant
A PARTNER in the business which received the biggest grant from the council's high street recovery fund has revealed details of the project.
The Voice reported last month that four grants had been awarded to projects in Downend and Staple Hill from South Gloucestershire Council's Help us Thrive fund.
The projects were among 63 across the district awarded grants and were awarded just under £25,000 from the total fund of £400,000.
The biggest grant in the Downend area, of £10,000 went to Forage, a start-up restaurant being set up in the former Crowns coffee and sandwich shop next to Coco Hairdressing on Badminton Road by Jesse Jones and Daniel Watson.
Businessman Jesse, whose background is in the building trade, is a "foodie" with a long-held ambition to open a restaurant while Daniel has worked around the world as a personal chef.
They both grew up in the area and were in the same year at Mangotsfield School.
Jesse said Forage would specialise in fine dining using locally-sourced produce, from suppliers including Trent’s Food and Beverage Hall in Frampton Cotterell and local fruit and veg supplier Dean Cooper.
Jesse said the council grant would go towards the expense of fitting the restaurant out, paying for items such as tables, chairs, kitchen equipment or flooring.
He said: "It's been our dream for many years to put something like this together.
"The grant's a massive help."
Work on the restaurant site is still ongoing with no opening date fixed as the Voice went to press.