‘Upcycled’ catering equipment powers Manchester’s first waste food restaurant

Real Junk Food Manchester

Manchester is to get its first waste food ‘pay-as-you-feel’ restaurant this summer and the operation will be powered by ‘upcycled’ catering equipment, it has been revealed. 

The pop-up site will be operated by Real Junk Food, which plans to open it next month. Real Junk Food diverts surplus edible food destined for waste and delivers it in the form of pay-as-you-feel dishes.

The Oxford Street city centre-based branch will be the first of its kind to operate within Manchester and has been offered by commercial property company Bruntwood following delays with previous plans.

The site will include an ethical coffee bar in partnership with Second City Coffee, take away breakfast and lunches, and 40-cover restaurant that will offer breakfast and lunch five days a week.

Following the success of Real Junk Food’s crowdfunding campaign at the start of this year, which saw the organisation raise over £39,000 in one month, the team have been keen to move onto the next development phase.

Given that sustainability is key to the venture, the new pop-up restaurant will be as upcycled as it can be, including the equipment it uses in its kitchen.

Preston kitchen house CHR Equipment has stepped in to lend a hand and asked fellow CEDA members to donate unwanted kitchen equipment or provide project support. CHR has also donated project management services to support the installation of the kitchen.

Corin Bell, director of Real Junk Food Manchester, said: “The support that we received from the Crowdfunder was just amazing, beyond all of our expectations. The delays have been unavoidable, but really tough. It’s just fabulous to have contracts signed and know that we’re not far from being able to fulfil our promise to everyone who’s supported us. We’ve been popping up for long enough now, and we can do so much more in a full time space of our own. ”

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