AMERICAN DINER BARES ‘SOUL’ IN QUEEN SQUARE, LIVERPOOL
DINER ROSS (RADIO CITY’S ROSSIE) ONE OF THE FIRST LOCAL CELEBS SPOTTED AT BUFFALO JACKS
“I love you Scouzers but where d’ya buy a Corn Dog in this city?”
That was the question posed last year on a street in Liverpool to Chris Hamblin, restaurateur and now proud owner of the city’s newest diner, the America-themed Buffalo Jacks in Queen Square.
Hamblin responded: “I didn’t know the answer but based on how much Liverpool’s leisure and tourism offer has improved, I began thinking that he might not be the last American to ask me that question!”
That was one source of inspiration for Hamblin, the other was also sauce…Chilli in fact, a key ingredient in his menu at the altogether different venture, Savina, Hamblin’s Mexican Restaurant in Duke Street.
“I love American food and equally the space offered by our newly complete Queen Square venue. We’ve already been successful with a more formal Mexican style of dining.
“I saw Buffalo Jacks as my opportunity to spread further my love of sauces and flavours inspired by the Southern States of America and its diversity of cultures featuring for example, soul food, hence the corn dogs. Rossie from Radio City loves ‘em!”
He continued: “It’s also allowed us to create a family-oriented, even more informal version of the traditional American diner”…he says with a slightly ironic nod.
Statuesque life-size features of heroes from a bygone era adourn the space against a backdrop of black & white tiles and a suite of TV screens, giving Buffalo Jacks a sports bar feel in places.
The food itself is substantial, just like the number of covers, approximately 120 (this doesn’t include the upstairs private function area catering comfortably for 60+).
Hamblin added: “Substitute quality ‘fun dining’ for ‘fine dining’ and you’ll get our pitch straight away. Our menu is simple, unpretentious, hearty, humble food that makes you smile.”
www.buffalojacks.co.uk t. 0151 709 1070