There are so many potential beginnings to this story, whether it starts with the birth of cousins Ben Harvey & Dom Borel or them travelling the world together or their own personal journeys in hospitality – one thing is for sure, their bond and passion is undeniable.
The story of Pasta Loco however begins with Ben. Having finished up a run of extremely successful pop ups called Café Mulino in St Werburghs with his sister Clarrie and support from his brother Joe & wife Josie plus a close group of friends – he set his eyes on something bigger and permanent. Whilst his eyes wondered he watched his beautiful twin daughters, Annie-May & Betsy eating his freshly made pasta, telling each other how much they loved it – everything fell into place – Bristol needed a fresh pasta house.
Whilst Ben began plotting, his cousin Dom was considering his next move after 8 years of being submerged in Sydney’s hospitality scene – the timing was perfect – natural – meant to be. The Skype sessions started & venue options were being tossed around, Dom had booked his flight and Cotham Hill appeared as an option in Ben's inbox. The boys, reunited, stood in what could be described as a bit of a mess of a venue, the old Havana Coffee. With lots and lots to do it seemed like an epic mission but they loved it – Cue Ben’s dad – Mike Harvey. The legendary creator whipped up a pencil design of what his vision was in 5 minutes – and transferred what was on that piece of paper into what Pasta Loco is today with help from his wife Barbara and the boys. With walls being knocked down and tiles being ripped up the boys began to hunt for the perfect team to help them deliver Pasta Loco to Bristol.
With a wealth of experience in Bristol’s hospitality scene and practically Ben’s sister-in-law ( Joe’s better half) Ruth seemed like the smart choice. From iconic gastro pubs to more recently the delicious Bosco, Ruth had all the makings to be the face of Pasta Loco. After numerous meetings (in a pub garden) with Dom once he had returned it was a done deal, Ruth or Woofio as Dom calls her is the our incredible restaurant manager – her and Dom are the terrible two you can catch behind the bar drinking a big bold red wine whilst nibbling on a bit of the chocolate delice!