Liverpool-based Cuban street food concept to pop-up in Spinningfields

FOLLOWING their successful appearance on BBC’s new hospitality show Million Pound Menu, the team behind renowned Cuban street food stall, FINCA, has announced it will be launching a pop up in Manchester launching on Thursday 7 June.

FINCA was originally set up by four friends in Liverpool who began serving up great tasting, informal dishes rooted in Cuban and Latin flavours. The concept impressed investors on the programme - which has been pitched somewhere between Masterchef and Dragon’s Den - resulting an offer from Living Ventures’ co-founder, Jeremy Roberts. As a result, FINCA will be taking its first step into the city by way of a summer residency in Artisan’s ground floor Café Bar in Spinningfields. 

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The FINCA team with Fred Siriex on Million Pound Menu

FINCA’s residency will be a full time operation with food served from 12pm until 9pm, seven days a week. As well as offering their famous Cubanos - a hearty traditional sandwich filled with mojo marinated pork shoulder, horseshoe gammon, pickles, mustard and gouda cheese – FINCA will also be using the opportunity to trial new dishes with a number of vegetarian and vegan options. 

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FINCA's famous Cubanos sandwich

Jeremy Roberts said, "We are excited to welcome FINCA to Artisan. They impressed a lot of people whilst on Million Pound Menu – myself included – it will be great to bring them to the heart of the city and introduce their food to Manchester.” 

FINCA will also be using the opportunity to trial new dishes

This will also be the first time that the ambitious street food operators have had the opportunity to introduce a cocktail menu. Diners can expect FINCA’s version of some classic Cuban cocktails including a Cuban espresso martini, a pineapple mojito and a mango and vanilla daiquiri. FINCA will also create a lively atmosphere late into the evenings with a soundtrack provided by DJs on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

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A selection of Finca's Cuban street food dishes

Michael Harrison, chef and co-founder of FINCA, says: “We’ve been perfecting our craft for the past two years in the North West street food scene, so it’s brilliant to have this opportunity to takeover a prime location to put our plans into motion.  We believe that Artisan is the perfect place to start our Manchester journey. We’re currently busy planning new menu additions and exciting events ready for our launch next month.”

FINCA’s pop-up will officially open on Thursday 7 June in the café bar downstairs at Artisan in Spinningfields serving 7 days a week from 12pm until 9pm.