Alex Curran apos;s United Front With Husband Steven Gerrard As She Attends Opening Of His New Bar

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Alex Curran's united front with husband Steven Gerrard as she attends opening of his new bar
By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Chris+Johnson+for+MailOnline Chris Johnson for MailOnline]
Updated: 11:53 BST, 5 May 2010

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Alex Curran looked a million dollars last night as she turned out for the relaunch of a bar her husband Steven Gerrard has helped finance.

Despite rumours that their marriage had hit a bad patch, the 27-year-old WAG was in good spirits as she arrived at the Warehouse Kitchen and Bar in Southport.

Last week pictures of Curran not wearing her wedding ring fuelled speculation that all was not well between her and England star Gerrard, with whom she has two children Lilly-Ella, six, and Lexie, three.

Legs out: Alex Curran and Steven Gerrard arrive at the launch party of the Liverpool star's new bar in Southport

But she spoke out to deny claims the three-year marriage had come to an end.

And last night she turned out in a daringly short beige dress and brown heels at the eaterie that showed some of the reasons why she had snared Gerrard in the first place.

Liverpool captain Gerrard, 29, has become co-owner of the chi-chi brasserie with close friend, Merseyside hotelier Paul Adams.

Other stars who turned out to the opening included Claire Sweeney, actress Sheree Murphy and Dutch-born Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt and wife Gertrude.
Short and sweet: The WAG wore a thigh-skimming frock for the occasion

Liverpool captain Gerrard, 29, recently put in a day's work helping to build a wall at the New York-style restaurant.

Speaking ahead of last night's relaunch Mr Adams, 47, said: 'On the final day of the work we had 40 workmen in here.'

'Forty-one actually,' interrupted Gerrard.

Mr Adams said: 'Steve comes in and says "How's everything going? Can I help with anything? Here you are, I'll help with that," and he was right in there.'

'I got a blister.

I had to play my part though,' added the Anfield star.

Joining in the fun: Celebrity guests Claire Sweeney and Sheree Murphy

Game for a laugh: Dutch-born Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt and wife Gertrude

The Warehouse is Gerrard's first venture into the trade.

And he is sure the pair can increase the reputation hotelier Mr Adams has built over 14 years.

'He's got someone to blame now if it doesn't,' joked Gerrard.

'I've been coming here for about 11 years now so obviously loved the food and just got chatting to Paul and we've met many times away from the restaurant through mutual friends.

'We've always got on well and I've always taken a massive interest in the Warehouse because I've eaten here and been a big fan of the place.

'I mentioned to him a couple of times before that if ever he was looking for a partner in the Warehouse I'd be interested.

Sprucing up: Alex arrives at her local hairdressers in Liverpool earlier in the day and emerges later with her locks in curls

Football's always going to be my main priority in life up until I retire but you can't play football for ever.

'You have hobbies and interests and this is a new exciting venture for me.

'It's the first time I've come into it.'

Despite stories about the father-of-two being a talented chef - and challenging team mates to 'cook offs', Gerrard insisted his hands-on involvement would not extend to the kitchen - as his wife knows.

'You won't like my cooking, believe me - Alex will tell you that,' he said.

'I'll be in the background but it's nice to be involved.

It'd be nice to learn.

Alex and Gerrard pictured on Sunday leaving the Warehouse Kitchen and Bar

'Hopefully, this will be a project and we can expand and take it to different areas because this is a fantastic place to come and spend time.

'I've eaten all around the world and I'm very confident that we can produce not only a great atmosphere but quality food for people.'

'When you're married you treat your missus and bring her into eat - and I come in here with the boys now and again.'

The restaurant - on a former garage and jeans manufacturing site - has a Michelin Bib Gourmand award (given for exceptional, moderately priced food).

Mr Adams, who owns the nearby Vincent Hotel, said during financially tight times the restaurant stood out for its value.
Plush: The bar has recently been refurbished and Gerrard even helped out with the renovations

'The whole business depends on consistency - quality of food, the produce, the service, atmosphere and decor, it's the whole picture.

'Why we should do OK is because we offer a good value product - we're not cheap but we're certainly not expensive with great produce.

'We're a very comfortable, atmospheric venue.'

Gerrard isn't the only world beater there.

The restaurant also has a former world champion bar-tending cocktail specialist in Mr Adams's nephew, Tony Adams, 27.