Youtube star DJ BBQ to launch crowdfund for Suffolk restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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Images: David Loftus for Quadrille

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Barbecue cookbook author and Youtuber Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, is to launch a crowdfunding campaign to open his first bricks and mortar restaurant in Suffolk.

Stevenson has teamed up with David Wright, of Woodbridge’s Fire Station Café and Cake Shop Bakery, to transform the adjacent sites in to an all-day restaurant and café.

The pair will launch a Kickstarter campaign on 4 April to raise £75,000 towards the fit out of the project, which will serve bread, coffee and wood-fired pizzas alongside Stevenson’s burgers and barbecue food.

US-born Stevenson, who is a regular on Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube channel, is to move to Suffolk and will be involved in the restaurant on a daily basis.

“I’ve been cooking fire food at festivals since 2012 and people always tell me ‘it’s the best food they’ve ever eaten, not just at festivals, ever - where’s your restaurant?’. Now I finally have the chance to open my restaurant in Woodbridge where people can get my food all year round,” says Stevenson.

The Cake Shop Bakery was opened by Wright’s grandparents in 1946 in a three-storey Victorian building.

“It's been well documented that bakeries, high street shops and restaurants are all struggling,” says Wright.

“We are no exception and [in] this this incredibly difficult time you must either adapt to the needs of the modern customer or face a very austere future.

“Now we must adapt, take some risks and go all in so that the business is still going for my grandchildren to enjoy. We want to have fun, show off our talent and provide for our families.”

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