David Gale, the former group head chef for Ian Schrager Hotels, has been appointed to lead the kitchen team at a newly-opened pub in Liverpool.
The Butterfly & The Grasshopper has been opened by multiple Old Rope Walks Limited in conjunction with Star Pubs & Bars.
Gale will serve as executive chef following a £750,000 refurbishment.
His previous positions include group head chef for Selfridges as well as group head chef for Ian Schrager Hotels.
He was part of the opening team at St Martin’s Lane and then The Sanderson, Schrager’s London properties. He then travelled across the pond to Schrager’s Clift Hotel in San Francisco, the Hudson Hotel in New York and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The menu at The Butterfly & The Grasshopper based around steaks, mussels and vegetarian and vegan options and is expected to account for 40% of trade.
The Butterfly & The Grasshopper is Old Rope Walks Limited’s fifth site and its third with Star.
The investment has extended the pub over three floors to include a traditional ground floor bar, a new first floor kitchen and a roof garden-style restaurant and a gin and cocktail bar on the top floor.
The business is set on further expansion in the North West and is currently identifying sites in Liverpool and Manchester.