Mission Mars to open an Albert’s Schloss in Liverpool as part of £3m development

An Albert's Schloss bar

Manchester restaurants and bars group, Mission Mars, has announced the opening of its Albert’s Schloss brand in Liverpool, creating 200 jobs as part of an overall £3m investment.

It follows the city council’s planning committee granting approval this Tuesday (March 1) to its propsal for a Bold Street site, in the city centre, opposite the busy Central underground rail station.

The group operates the Rudy’s pizza chain as well as Albert’s Schloss and Albert’s Schenke bars. It already has two Rudy’s restaurants and an Albert’s Schenke bar in Liverpool.

Mission Mars was granted permission to convert a former food market at the six-storey Radiant House in Bold Street into a bar and restaurant, along with two ground floor retail units included in the transformation of the basement, ground floor, mezzanine and part of the first floor areas.

Albert’s Schloss Liverpool will offer the brand’s cook haus serving alpine dishes all day and the bier palace showcasing the best of European biers.

The site was previously a gas showroom, and then an Argos retail unit, which closed in 2014/15, and a food market, which shut in 2019.

Mission Mars chief executive, Roy Ellis, said: “It’s a stunning art-deco building on Liverpool’s busiest footfall street, and we’re delighted to be bringing it back to life as Albert’s Schloss.

“We’ve designed a beautiful space, restoring a 1,000 sq ft glazed atrium while installing a large stage, green room, two large bars, an artisan bakery, a fresh tank beer system and restaurant dining for more than 500 guests.

“The first floor will be home to Ludwig’s Tavern, offering artisan Schnapps, a vermouth bar, shuffleboard and other Tavern games. Ludwig’s Tavern will be available for private parties and other special events.”

He added: “We also have plans for a roof top terrace and a large open air Biergarten around the back. As in other cities, Schloss will recruit the best artistic talent available and offer entertainment seven days a week.”

Work will start shortly on the site and it is set to open in the autumn.

The Liverpool venue will be the third Albert’s Schloss, following the flagship Albert’s Schloss Manchester, housed on the ground floor of Manchester’s historic Albert Hall and Albert’s Schloss Birmingham, which opened in December 2021 in Chamberlain Square.

Named in honour of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s beloved husband who championed truth, beauty, freedom and love, Albert’s Schloss celebrates the Prince’s values, with a bier palace, Alpine cook haus and on-site bakery, producing pretzels, doughnuts, kronuts, cruffins and artisan loaves freshly baked every day.