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Former MasterChef quarter-finalist Hannah Gregory of Bury St Edmunds passes £25k Kickstarter target for new taqueria at Pizzashed site by the Beerhouse pub





A former MasterChef quarter-finalist hoping to open a new taqueria in a Suffolk town has passed her ‘all or nothing’ target of £25,000.

Hannah Gregory, of Bury St Edmunds, launched a Kickstarter campaign just over a month ago to raise the funds to open TACOR at the old Pizzashed site behind The Beerhouse in the town.

With now just under 24 hours left until the deadline, £25,614 has been raised by more than 231 backers.

Former MasterChef quarter-finalist Hannah Gregory has passed her £25,000 target for a new taqueria in Bury St Edmunds
Former MasterChef quarter-finalist Hannah Gregory has passed her £25,000 target for a new taqueria in Bury St Edmunds

If the funds for the Kickstarter had not been raised in time, all the money that people had pledged would have been returned and TACOR would not have come to fruition.

Hannah said: “It’s all been a bit bonkers really. I had a well-thought-out plan that revolved around the Kickstarter ending at 5pm on Wednesday and had things like celebratory videos on Instagram ready if it was successful and had scheduled posts, but everything got blown out the water by hitting the target 48 hours early.

“I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support both financially and just general words of encouragement.

Hannah Gregory also lives in Bury St Edmunds
Hannah Gregory also lives in Bury St Edmunds

“If people want to continue to donate or haven’t had a chance yet, they have till 5pm tomorrow night.

“The £25,000 target was the minimum needed. Anything over that means I get a dishwasher and can put the icing on the cake.

“I’m excited to see where we land but everything thus far is beyond my expectations.”

The eatery’s menu, which will change monthly, will consist of meat, fish and vegetarian options including dishes like Hannah’s signature chipotle and mole short rib tacos alongside sides such as topos and lots more.

Seasonal market-led specials will also be on offer which will have some more non traditional dishes such as venison tacos and kimchi quesadillas.

Hannah’s plan is to open up TACOR for pop-ups and supper clubs with Greig Young, formerly of The Northgate, one of the chefs set to lead an event, as well as much more.