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New venture for food concept FINCA after TV show investment

Cuban street food concept FINCA is preparing to launch in Manchester after securing investment on the BBC Two show ‘Million Pound Menu’.

The team behind the Liverpool brand attracted a funding boost from Living Ventures co-founder Jeremy Roberts on the latest episode of the programme, which has been dubbed the foodie ‘Dragon’s Den’.

FINCA will kick off a residency in Manchester’s Artisan Café Bar in Spinningfields – one of Living Ventures’ venues – on 7 June, and will be serving up a full menu.

The team, which also attracted initial interest from three other investors including Allied London’s property director Tim Gee during the show, will have an opportunity to offer Cuban cocktails alongside the food after confirming an ambition to expand the drinks element of the business during the programme.

Michael Harrison, chef and co-founder of FINCA which was set up by four friends in Liverpool, says: “We’ve been perfecting our craft for the past two years in the North West street food scene with FINCA so it’s brilliant to have this opportunity to takeover a prime location at Artisan to bring our food to the forefront and put our plans into motion.

“We have huge plans for FINCA and believe that Artisan is the perfect place to start our Manchester journey. We’re currently busy planning new menu additions and exciting events ready for our launch next month.”

Roberts adds: “We are excited to welcome FINCA to Artisan. They impressed a lot of people whilst on Million Pound Menu – myself included – it will great to bring them to the heart of the city and introduce their food to Manchester.”