Cuban street food concept goes heated and covered - for summer

CONSTELLATIONS’ award winning outdoor space is to embark on its first full restaurant this summer, in a deal just announced with FINCA.

The Cuban “street food” concept, from Buyers Club chef Daniel Heffy and partner Oli Smith, ran as a stylised stall in the nearby Botanical Gin Garden, and later in Merchants, last year.

But the new move is described as its most ambitious set up to date.  

Opening on Friday 21 April, the covered al fresco restaurant will serve up cubanos, croquettas and sweet potato fries “as well as many new menu additions”.

The Baltic Triangle, where Constellations is an anchor business, was recently listed by The Sunday Times as one of the top places in the North West to live and by someone else as the fourth hippest place in the UK.

Nevertheless, Greenland Street isn’t exactly the Caribbean - the clue is indelibly in the name - so expect a newly built, covered and heated structure to house FINCA, seating up to 40 covers a time. If it does get too bloody Baltic, customers are invited to spill into Constellation’s indoor warehouse space.  

Constellations And Finca Will Be Working Closely Throughout The Summer To Stage Food Events
Constellations and Finca say they will be organising food events over the summer

Oli Smith, chef and co-founder of FINCA, says: “We can’t wait to move into our newly built restaurant at Constellations. The outdoor space looks brilliant and completely suits our style of cooking.

“We’re currently busy planning new menu additions and exciting events ready for our launch later this month.”

Nicholas Baskerville, of Constellations, added: "The Constellations garden and events space have always been an evolving project. 2017 marks the start of our next adventure and we're really excited FINCA are onboard for the journey.  It's a match made in Heaven.”

FINCA will be serving at Constellations from Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm-late, throughout the summer.