November 2017 sees the opening of GB•PIZZA•CO® Didsbury, with Grant Ashdown and Kally Shukla (pictured above with Rachel Seed) with their hands on the peel. On a chance trip to Margate – well, who hasn’t been? – Grant and Kally, headed to GB•PIZZA•CO® after reading about the restaurant on the style guide Sheer Luxe. Both have travelled extensively for their work, and both are passionate restaurant-goers, always seeking out the best places to eat wherever they are in the world.
Grant started on Camden Market back in the late 80s with the help of his mum’s wardrobe from the 1960s, that she’d carefully stored in the attic for over two decades. This launched his journey into fashion, and now, having owned numerous clothing labels, retail stores and an agency in Central London, he is in search of a new challenge.
Kally, originally from Leeds, started her fashion career heading up the retail stores Jigsaw, Jigsaw Menswear and Whistles, hiring and firing her way through the 90s. She went on to become the Retail Ops Manager for Miss Sixty. Now, in 2017, she has a thriving womenswear fashion agency with offices in both Manchester and London. In her ‘spare’ time, she’ll be working on quality-control in GB•PIZZA•CO® Didsbury.
“Even months later, after our visit to Margate, we just could’t stop thinking about that pizza,” explains Grant. “It was amazing, and unlike anything we’d eaten in the UK before. I felt like I’d reached a crossroads with my job; the fashion industry has changed so much in the last five years, and I just wasn’t enjoying my job anymore. Something had to change. I’d met an amazing woman, who lived in Manchester, and I began spending more time there. We sought out GB Pizza-style pizza, but just couldn’t find it. It got us thinking.”
So Grant sent GB•PIZZA•CO®’s founders, Lisa and Rachel, an email, introducing him and Kally, how they’d found the restaurant, and basically told them in a few short, succinct paragraphs that they wanted to open a GB•PIZZA•CO® in Manchester! After their first meeting, when they all hit it off, realising they had so many passions in common, they knew things were going to happen, and happen very quickly.
Now partners in life and in business, Kally and Grant form the perfect duo to open the first GB•PIZZA•CO® outside of Margate, both sharing the same vision: sourcing locally where possible and using ethical means to deliver the message of what the GB brand stands for to the educated, food-savvy Didsbury crowd.
Since deciding to open the site at 113 Lapwing Lane, Grant and Kally have been busy gathering beautiful fixtures and fittings, as well as working with local producers across the north of England to source artisan ice cream, locally-roasted coffee, ethically-reared ham, British charcuterie and cheese, and apple juice hand-pressed from apples grown just a few miles away.
GB PIZZA CO Didsbury opens its doors in November 2017.
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0161 434 9900 | 07976 154 358