Race against time for a gourmet family to launch their dream of a restaurant

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A FOOD loving family faces a race against time to raise funds to ensure the success of their new restaurant business.

Rick and Amy Armstrong, 40 and 32, plan to open the Copper Room, in Chestergate, downtown Macclesfield, later this month or in early June.

And they’re running an online Kickstarter campaign to raise £ 40,000 to invest in the restaurant, which will feature a European menu focused on steak, seafood and pasta.

The deadline for reaching that goal is Sunday, May 16, and the nature of Kickstarter means that if it isn’t hit, the couple, who have one son, two, are left with nothing.

At about a week, the total was just over £ 20,000, so Rick and Amy, of Maple Avenue, are hoping for a last-minute push.

Kickstarter works by people pledging donations in exchange for rewards – like an apron or postcard for smaller amounts.

But for a donation of £ 100, the same amount of credit will be given to spend on the restaurant when it opens and it is hoped that this – essentially paying for a meal in advance – will be the main attraction.

If successful, the money will be used to hire staff, install checkouts and a reservation system, and convert the ground floor into a cocktail bar.

It would also allow Rick, who currently sells reservation software to restaurants for a living, and Amy to commit to the business full time.

Rick, who is also a trained chef, said: “Macclesfield is undergoing an exciting regeneration with amazing places to eat and many great young chefs are emerging.

“We love our hometown and want to be part of this regeneration. Somewhere for us and the city that we can be proud of and with the lockdown restrictions soon to be lifted, now is a great time to open.

“We have found the perfect location, worked on a detailed business plan and are now ready to put all of our hard work and planning into action, but we need your help.”

Anyone wishing to donate can visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/amyarmstrong/the-copper-room.



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