Simon Quarrie has been managing The Clifton Sausage for around 10 years, and now he has bought the business.
He and wife Joy, who is joining him after working as a general manager for a national restaurant chain, have plans to open more branches elsewhere.
Simon, 41, said: “We think this is a really strong concept – the idea of a restaurant serving British food, with an emphasis on sausages, is unique. So many people say to us ‘I wish we had one in Cardiff, Bath or Cheltenham’. So we will be looking for the next place to open our doors.
“We may end up with two or three restaurants, or maybe even six or seven in the long-term future.”
The couple have retained the 20 staff who were already working at the restaurant in Portland Street, and in the short-term they plan to revamp the menu, focusing especially on the lunchtime offering, and do some refurbishment work.
“If you’re going to buy a business the most sensible thing to do is to buy something you know,” said Simon, a former chef. “I know all the staff, all the equipment, the building, the suppliers and how the systems work. That continuity and stability has been really good.”
Joy, 38, has just given birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Joni, and Simon said that becoming his own boss gave them the flexibility they needed.
“I have a young family and so it was important that we secured what we are going to do for the future,” he said.
Simon and Joy worked with NatWest relationship manager Paul Williams to secure a loan of £100,000 to buy the business.
Simon said: “When we were looking at raising the finance Paul was good at working through what we needed to do, and he kept me up-to-date with information.”
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