Entrepreneurs Chris Williams and Javier Mellado opened their first Silk Rd in Heswall in July 2017 and has since added sites in Liverpool City Centre’s Beetham Plaza and Bramhall.

Merseyside restaurant brand Silk Rd is to open a fourth outlet in 2019 in Liverpool’s Hope Street.

During that time they have welcomed around 70,000 diners and employed more than 100 people and, despite reported pressures in the casual dining market, have decided the time is right to expand further.

Mr Williams said: “Although 2018 has been exceptionally busy for us and has seen us open a further two sites and expand into a whole new city, this year is about continuing our growth and we’re excited at the prospect of opening yet another location for our diners to enjoy.

“We can’t wait to welcome in the new year with a fourth restaurant under the Silk Rd brand. Liverpool has a thriving food and drink scene and since we launched in 2017, we always planned on having a dominant presence here and it’s incredibly rewarding to see our goals come to life.

“Having already established ourselves in the heart of the business district, we have set our sights on the more bohemian Hope Street, which has an upmarket yet contemporary vibe that we feel suits our concept perfectly.”

Taking inspiration from the Silk Road trail, which spans three continents from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, the restaurant brand serves up authentic cuisine in the form of small plates and tapas.

Mr Mellado added: “As well as constantly planning for growth, we’re also exploring new ways in which we can improve our service and will be looking to add new, exciting additions to our menu in the coming months.”