‘Proper currywurst and banging bratwurst’ coming to Sheffield city centre
As part of the upcoming Steel Yard shipping container development on Fargate, popular German street food specialists Get Wurst have confirmed they are making the move from their Two Thirds Beer Co. home, on Abbeydale Road, to the new city-centre site for their first solo venture.
The new hub, which will also house Yoki Social Table and Urban Pizza Co, along with bars and retail units, will see the containers dropped at the top of Fargate on 23 May, ready for the official opening on 4 June over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.
Get Wurst plan to serve up their full menu for both take-away and dining-in, with their signature bratwurst, currywurst, and vegan currywurst taking centre stage, alongside mouth-watering schnitzel options and sides featuring decadent Raclette fries.
Get Wurst is owned by husband and wife team Paul and Lindsay Melbourne, who have been steadily building a loyal following through their events street food stall and Two Thirds base and have now decided to take the plunge on their own unit having been impressed by the ambitious city-centre plans.
Paul told Exposed: “We were looking for a change and liked the idea of getting into town. After going back into the city-centre recently for the first time in about two years, it feels like town is coming back. Wandering around with the kids, it felt really busy again. We saw what was going on with the new shipping container development and it was quite exciting.
“Town gets a bad rep, but with things like this development, we can really see the start of it becoming a destination again and I don’t think it would take much to really turn it around. I guess, it’s just a case of changing people’s attitudes, but things like this will help with that.”
Once the containers are down, Get Wurst will set about fitting out one of the ground floor units with their familiar branding The unit benefits from big double windows that look down onto Fargate.
Paul tells us that the new venture will be part takeaway, similar to what they offer at festivals, and part sit down restaurant, with space to eat inside the unit and in the courtyard of the development. All their food will be served in trays, street food style, so people can pick how and where they enjoy it.
“It’ll be quite casual and fast paced” says Paul, “The menu will be the same as what we offer up at Two Thirds, because that’s gone down really well, and we didn’t want to move too far away from that. People really seem to love the currywurst and now we’ve got the schnitzel menu and the raclette fries as well.
“It’s going to be the home of German street food in Sheffield. Really simple, great grub.”
To begin with, the idea for opening a currywurst stall came from Paul and Lindsay’s trips to Berlin, where currywurst is synonymous with German street food, and they often enjoyed a late night brat while walking the streets in the early hours.
Unfulfilled in their London jobs, they started heading out to festivals and events around the UK with their own stall and built the brand (and their stock of kit) to a point where they could move to Sheffield around four years. While they love being part of the events community, and still continue to head out with to festivals around the country, they wanted a base, and so Two Thirds became their first time offering a dine-in menu.
Paul said: “I’m not from a chef background. It all started helping out on friends stalls and we both loved currywurst, so we thought why don’t we just try and do our own stall. We started doing little events in London. The first was a BBQ in Brixton and, looking back, it was pretty terrible, but it built from there.
“It’s a really friendly community and everyone helps each other out. They’re kind of like your colleagues but you’re all in different places each week. The permanent spot at Two Thirds came up at the right time and it’s all happened quite organically. I honestly can’t imagine doing something else or working for someone else now.
“After a year up at Two Thirds, we were starting to think about doing something else, and when this came up it felt right. Sometimes, things just happen for a reason. I’m really looking forward to being in town and meeting lots of new people as they come through. We can’t wait to get going.”
Get Wurst opens on 4 June and for updates in the meantime go chuck them a follow on socials.