This could be the community-based venue that Manchester has been missing...
Local street food award winners GRUB have been popping up and utilising meanwhile space across Manchester for the last five years and now they have found a long term home in the Green Quarter they have big plans.
GRUB are launching a crowd funding campaign to turn their current site in to a hub for community groups and charities whilst providing the city with a new market place alongside opportunities for creatives and artists to exhibit or perform their work all under one roof.
Not content with that, GRUB is looking to build Manchester’s best beer garden for food & drink fans to enjoy their craft beer and street food in over the summer months as well as start a free mentoring programme for home chefs who want to get started in street food, but they need your help to make it happen.
On Tuesday 14th of January their crowdfunding Kickstarter went live and members of the public are now able to pledge donations in return for a variety of rewards all the way from pin badges to a street food party for 200 guests. If these pledges reach their target of £17,000 then the project will be funded but if they fall just one penny short they won’t receive anything.
This all or nothing funding strategy has been a huge help to other local independent food & drink businesses such as Pollen Bakery, Kala and Yakumama. The GRUB Kickstarter with full details of the project and all the available rewards can be found here.
If successfully funded, the money will be invested in to their current site at The Red Bank Project developing a new performance space, building a new interior market hall, purchasing equipment to support new traders and most significantly transforming their current simple yard in to a beer garden filled with covered spaces, planters and workshop space to be utilized by the local community.
If the project is over funded there are plenty of extra elements such as a karaoke booth or retro gaming lounge which will be added in. The current venue was built in eight days on a smaller budget so hopes are high for a truly special site with the additional funds and time.
Jason Bailey, director of GRUB said: “People have always been what GRUB is about, the traders and the visitors are what make it what it is. We want to bring more and more people in to this new venue from all walks of life so we can support people in Manchester who could do with a space or an opportunity to make a difference to their lives. It’s the mot exciting project we’ve ever been involved in.”
GRUB is open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The events are free entry and welcomes all comers including families and dogs.
Full details of the event can be found on the Facebook event page here.
The Red Bank Project @ 50 Red Bank, Manchester, M4 4HF