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BANKSY SITE IN SHAKE-UP.

Byline: LUCY ROUE

A NEW Liverpool bar, from the creator of Korovo and Alma de Cuba, has opened on the site of the former Banksy pub.

The derelict Whitehouse, on the corner of Berry Street and Duke Street, near the city centre, has been transformed into Yardbird - after years of debate about what should happen to the famous landmark.

The Liverpool Rat, which is worth an estimated PS225,000, was painstakingly removed and rebuilt earlier this year.

Now owner Rob Gutmann is bringing a new era to the site offering traditional US Southern cuisine. He said: "The building had become an iconic one in Liverpool, but has needed to actually function as something having remained derelict for so long. We feel that our 'Yarbird'' does the building justice."

" Mr Gutmann said the inspiration behind Yardbird is to ""'reclaim fried chicken from the takeaways and bring it to a quality restaurant environment".

He said: As Malcom X says in his autobiography 'Everybody loves Chicken'. '. Yardbird wants to give the people the best fried chicken in the best setting.

We''ve seen a swathe of great new burger operations opening across the country, and I felt that fried chicken equally deserved to be 're-invented''.

Yardbird also makes its own doughnuts and is showcasing a cocktail menu that will feature house "hard shakes" - blends of specialist liquors and traditional milk shake ingredients.

The Rat, meanwhile, was one of seven Banksy street pieces to feature in a London exhibition in April. It is described by vendors as "Britain's biggest creation" by the mysterious artist.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2014
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