The restaurant business, which is located in a grade-two listed building in Norwich, is looking to raise £250,000 on Crowdcube to open in Brighton as well as to make improvements to the existing Norwich site. It says the money will equate to 15% of the overall funds needed for the new project.
The crowdfund will initially only be open to private investors from 1 August, before being made available to the public on the 1 September. It will run until the end of September.
The new Erpingham House, while still specialising in vegan foods, will have a more refined offer to appeal to wider audience rather than exclusively those who consider themselves to be vegan, according to the business. Like its debut site, the new restaurant will be entirely free from single-use plastics – using alternatives such as a paper – as well as almost 100% carbon-neutral once operational.
Building works are expected to star at the end of the year with the restaurant due to open in early 2020.
“Since opening in early 2018, the response has been phenomenal, which is why we feel there is an appetite to take it further and look to pastures new,” says managing director Loui Blake.
“While our Norwich site will always be close to my heart, we have big plans for the Erpingham House brand, and I’m excited to see what the future brings.”
Norwich was recently voted the UK’s most vegan-friendly city, with 2,094 people in the city per vegetarian/vegan restaurant. While Brighton did not appear in the top 10, is has been the dubbed vegan capital of the UK because of the large number of vegan restaurants in the city.