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Fraiche – Merseyside’s only Michelin-starred restaurant to close

Article first published on confidentials.com

THE chef-owner of Merseyside’s only Michelin-starred restaurant has announced that it will close next month.

Speaking to Confidential, Marc Wilkinson said Fraiche – which has held a star since 2009 – would serve its last diners on December 14th, as the building in Oxton, Birkenhead has been put up for sale by the landlord.

However, Huyton-born Wilkinson insists it will not be the end of the restaurant – which was named the best in the UK by the Sunday Times in 2014.

“The building is for sale, but Fraiche is safe,” says Wilkinson. “We’ll reopen next year. I can’t reveal a location just yet, but we are in talks.”

Asked whether he would take the opportunity to increase the size of the famously intimate restaurant – which seats just ten diners – Wilkinson said he’d like it to be “a bit bigger, without losing that personal touch.”

“Right now everything is me: the food, the decor, the wine list, the music… I wouldn’t want to open a 100 cover restaurant, it’s just not me.”

But with room for just ten people for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday, plus a lunch service on Sunday, how has he kept going?

“There’s one reason Fraiche has survived for so long,” says Wilkinson, “and that’s because I’m so cheap.”

Read more about Fraiche here.

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