We talk to businessman and restaurateur Ian Wade
Businessman Ian Wade is on a mission to serve up some seriously tasty food.
After running the award winning Ring O’Bells – his welcoming Cheshire pub combining great food with the finest wines and beer – for the past seven years, he is expanding into Chester.
First he opened his successful sourdough pizza restaurant Urbano 32 on the former Oddbins site on Bridge Street and now he has nipped across the road and transformed another old building – this time something for burger fans.
Burger Shed 41 is a cool burger joint – think classic American burger bar but with an industrial meets vintage interior. Offering both table service and take-away, the menu offers locally sourced brisket and skirt burgers alongside the best hot dogs, milk shakes and craft beers.
Ian, who started out 20 years ago running bars in Birmingham before moving into the restaurant trade, said: “My business partner and I love finding great sites and transforming them.
“The look of Urbano 32 is inspired by industrial New York mixed with a bit of a London influence but we’ve also got some Roman in there too. When we renovated the building we found a Roman wall with original bricks. It’s a real feature.
“With Urbano 32 and now Burger Shed 41, we have a top city centre location bang in the middle of Bridge Street.
“We are committed to sourcing great seasonal and local produce and using only the freshest quality ingredients. At Urbano 32, our sourdough pizzas are handmade on site and cooked in our bespoke clay oven. And we’re hoping to offer the best burgers, hot dogs and shakes at Burger Shed 41.”
So what are his future plans?
“I want to open more Urbano’s across the region,” he says. “Another five or six would be good, all within 40 minutes or so of Chester.
“I want to bring something different to Chester – to pull together great ideas and combine them with great service and food. The city has a lot of good independent operators and there’s some tough competition but we are setting out to offer customers something a little bit different. Exciting times are ahead.”
Top tip: The Ring O’Bells hosts a fab Farmers Market on the second Saturday of every month: 9.30am-1.30pm. The pub serves a brunch menu with all the papers to read every Saturday from 9am.
This article has been published in the latest issue of HM Magazine, available here