New pizza event comes to resort as couple's 'labour of love' pays off

Scott Duffey and Luce Barrett with their dog Pip at SUP
Scott Duffey and Luce Barrett with their dog Pip at SUP -Credit:Ed Barnes

A monthly pizza pop-up in a Wirral seaside resort to celebrate payday has been given the go-ahead.

On Friday April 26, SUP, a coffee shop, bar, and gift shop, in New Brighton will host its first regular Neopolitan pizza pop up event as it looks to expand its business at 6 Atherton Street opposite New Brighton train station. It will run between 5.30pm and 9pm on the last Friday of each month to time in with when most people get paid.

The event will be dog-friendly offering a range of different pizzas people will be able to order out in the garden at the back of the shop supplied by the Dough Bros run by friends and pizza chefs Jack Cooke and Matthew McAndrew. Vegan and gluten free options will also be available with notice.

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The event started as a celebration of the shop’s birthday which first opened in September 2020. Since then, it has continued to expand hosting a number of different clubs including book, running, and walking groups as well as wine tasting evenings and other events.

Scott Duffey and Luce Barrett who run SUP, which stands for Shop Unwind Print, said the event had seen queues out of the door in the past, adding: “We did it on our second and our third birthday. It was really busy and we thought to keep doing them. It was like the idea of Friday nights, last Friday of the month and pay day.”

He said: “We have lived here for years but we barely knew anyone apart from the running club but by opening here, it’s so nice the amount of people we have gotten and come to know. That has been the biggest reward from it all.”

Out the back of the shop is a garden with tables and chairs as well as a screen printing workshop business, Toucan Tango. After running that for about eight years, the couple said they had always wanted to start up a coffee shop and bar and through Toucan Tango help launch creative careers.

Luce said: “It’s been fun. It’s been stressful. It’s been a labour of love.”

The regular pizza event was recently given the go-ahead by Wirral Council after the shop applied to see whether it needed planning permission to run it. The local authority previously granted the premises a licence to serve alcohol and host events until 10pm.

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