It’s small and cosy but cute

Midweek Visiter - - St Joseph’s Hospice -

LIVIN at 156 is the new venue to come from en­tre­pre­neur Stephen Atkins.

He al­ready owns This is Livin Bar and Grill, an award win­ning restau­rant, and Livin Kitchen, a small but cosy and cute deli.

He claims this new pro­hi­bi­tion style bar in Crosby run by a fam­ily who strive to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal and wider com­mu­nity, by stock­ing, sell­ing and pro­mot­ing lo­cal al­co­hols, brew­eries and in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­ers.

Fur­ther­more, they seek to em­ploy lo­cal ap­pren­tices and youth.

The own­ers said the open­ing of this new bar is a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment in Crosby.

“Livin at 156 cre­ates the feel­ing that you’re tak­ing a step back in time, to a hid­den speakeasy with beau­ti­fully crafted and pre­sented cock­tails, craft beers, and a well-bal­anced wine menu” said Stephen, with one of the re­peat cus­tomers, Hil­lary, jok­ing that Livin at 156 as the brain­child of Stephen, is ev­i­dence that he has al­ways wanted to be part of the se­cret seven, with his hid­den doors and se­cret pass­words!

Stephen said he grew up in Crosby, but moved to London to train with Miche­lin-starred chefs, and opened up his first restau­rant.

Hav­ing spent 20 years there and find­ing suc­cess in London, he moved back to Crosby when his fa­ther’s health de­clined.

Here he found love in child­hood friend Marie McQueen, and to­gether they built their first restau­rant to­gether, This Is Livin Bar and Grill – named af­ter Stephen’s fa­ther, whose favourite pas­time was sit­ting en­joy­ing the gar­den, and could of­ten be heard to say ‘Ahh, now this is liv­ing’, but sadly passed away be­fore the restau­rant opened.

To find out more, call Livin Kitchen on 0151 345 6598 or This Is Livin on 0151 538 4343; or see www. thi­sis­livin­

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