Famous Bristol eateries Wallfish Bistro and Melbourne are set to merge. Official information from owners of the restaurants say the eateries will merge into a single restaurant in Clifton village. The restaurants will maintain Melbourne’s site on the Mall for its operations. In 2017, Dabbous alumni Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy launched Melbourne in Bristol and have now established branches in London and Spain.
Wallfish is owned by Liberty Wenham and Seldon Curry. The restaurant announced its closure early this year after its fifth year in business.
The bistros will serve dishes inspired by both eateries.
“When we heard [Wall sh] were closing we were sad to lose them from the area and we started conversations about how we could work together to combine the best of both,” says Gibbens, who will head the kitchen. “We are thrilled to be working with them and can’t wait to deliver the new menu. There will be familiar dishes from both venues but also some exciting new surprises.”
“It was complete luck that Michael [Kennedy] ended up working with us at Wall sh. It was in many ways the most successful period of our time there. We met Ross at a slightly later date and were lucky to forge an instant rapport with him,”
“We are pleased to be working together with people who we both like and respect hugely and we will strive to bring our Wall sh stylings to their great restaurant to create something special”, Well sh co-owner Curry said.
Wallfish and Melbourne Bistro will open for services next month.