England footballer Steven Gerrard has bought a share in his favourite restaurant.
The Liverpool captain now plans to reopen it with a New York theme, his spokesman said.
Gerrard teamed up with hotelier Paul Adams to relaunch the Warehouse Brasserie in Southport, Merseyside.
The venue, which has a Michelin Bib Gourmand rating, is due to reopen in time for the World Cup as the Warehouse Kitchen & Bar.
Gerrard, 29, said: "If you look back at any interviews I have done where they have asked me about my favourite restaurant - and I have done a lot over the years - I have always said the Warehouse.
"I have been eating there for years because I love the food and the atmosphere, so it is genuinely exciting to become its co-owner with Paul."
The father of two said he was determined to be more than just the "celebrity face" of the business but added that football remained his priority.
He said: "This is not a theme bar, it's about great food, great surroundings and making it a place that people really want to come back to.
"This is my first venture in the restaurant trade but I think it's important to also say that my priorities are, and always will be, on the football pitch."
The design and theme of the restaurant has taken its inspiration from the new wave of "hipster bars" popular in New York's Tribeca district.