Gusto, the new name for Est Est Est, is close to signing for a restaurant on the Chavasse Park terrace at Liverpool One after Loch Fyne became the latest high-profile name to withdraw from the Grosvenor scheme.
Tim Bacon's Cheshire-based Living Ventures, Gusto's parent company, is currently investing £10m in rebranding and refurbishing its restaurants in a move that will mark the end of Est Est Est on the High Street. The popular outlet at Liverpool's Albert Dock, yet to be renamed, will remain in addition to the Liverpool One Gusto.
Loch Fyne follows Brasserie Blanc, fronted by French chef Raymond Blanc, in leaving before the May 29 opening of Liverpool One's first phase. Brasserie Blanc decided to quit the £1bn scheme in January saying it was "slightly too posh for a precinct".
Liverpool One is still on course to serve up Wagamama, Yo! Sushi, Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and Zizzi's.
Brasserie Blanc is seeking an alternative site in Liverpool, preferably an historic building.