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Glynn Purnell, Purnell's, Birmingham
Glynn, first and foremost thank you very much for your time today. It's greatly appreciated as I know how busy you are. Tell us a little bit about Purnell's.
Purnell's has been open for three years now, I closed Jessica's down and within 6 weeks of closing that down I opened Purnell's here in Cornwall Street.
Glynn, what was your involvement in Jessica's restaurant? Did you own it?
I co-owned it. I had 25% and I ran the place, but I decided, if you have got a partner and they want to do one thing and you want to do another eventually you going to want to go in different directions. I have always wanted my own restaurant in the centre of my home town. That has always been my dream as a kid ... and to score a winner in the FA cup, obviously! I got to the stage where I needed to do it, so I re-mortgaged my house; bought Purnell's. It took 6 weeks to turn it round from one restaurant to another ... which was quite stressful, but I needed to do it like that for financial reasons.
Glynn before setting up Purnell's here in Birmingham, did you do all those things such as look at the markets; any research - what was the clientele; was there a demand;or did you just think - I'm going to open a restaurant in Birmingham?
I just said "I'm going to do a restaurant!"