The Fork in the Road is a fantastic new concept. A formerly derelict building in central Middlesbrough – once the home to well-known toy store Romer Parrish – has come back to life with three distinct social enterprises:
- High end restaurant The Fork in the Road is a place of great food, ambience and opportunity. A number of the restaurant’s staff will always be those who’ve come through our programme designed to offer precious opportunities to those who need a helping hand – recovering addicts, ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed. The fit-out costs and working capital for this social enterprise have come from our parent charity CEO Sleepout charity and Public Health England.
- Bar Zero is starting to play an important role in Teesside’s recovery scene. The bar serves great food, drinks and coffee – but no alcohol. It’s a fantastic place to mix with friends and meet people. The bar can also be hired for private functions and community events. Look out for information on our special cinema nights where we’ll be screening blockbuster classics on a 15 foot screen and you can watch from the comfort of a reclining armchair!
- Opening in the not-too-distant future, our community cafe will be a great partner for The Fork. This bustling and friendly cafe will serve great good to ‘eat in’ or ‘go’ all day and will also be available for community events. As well as classic cafe eating options, you’ll also find some gorgeous and healthy dining ideas for us all to try.
Launched by businessman and charity leader Andy Preston, CEO Sleepout is a Middlesbrough-based national charity that fight homelessness and the causes of homelessness throughout the UK. Our fight is funded with money raised by executives who sleep outdoors for one night to raise sponsorship from their business contacts and friends.More than 1,000 executives have taken part in events to raise more than £1 million to date. Events have taken place at such venues as Wembley Stadium, Lord’s, The Oval, Emirates Old Trafford, St James’ Park, Villa Park, Durham Cathedral and, of course, Middlesbrough’s own Riverside Stadium. No matter where the event is held, at least 15% of the funds raised come back to Teesside.
Part of the funds that helped to launched The Fork in the Road and Bar Zero came from 60 Teesside executives raising £45,000 at a sleepout on the Victorian street at Preston Park Museum in Eaglescliffe, Stockton, in 2016.
Check out the CEO Sleepout page here: http://www.ceosleepoutuk.com/