New York style bar set to open in heart of Manchester’s business district

New bar in Deansgate

A new £1.8m New York style bar and restaurant is to open in a prime spot in the centre of Manchester.

Indigo Planning, Gray Scanlan Hill, and GA Studio, CEG have won planning permission and listed building consent for the conversion of the former Nevisport store at the Grade II listed 196 Deansgate into a restaurant and bar concept.

The new venture will be the first opening across the Pennines for the ‘Manahatta’ brand – the native name for Manhattan.
Manahatta has two successful outlets in Leeds and this will be the third venture for Arc Inspirations which is set to invest £1.8m to transform 8,000 sq ft across the basement and first floor of the historic building.

The Manhatta exterior

The 230-cover bar and restaurant will open in Autumn 2018, bringing the brand’s glamourous ‘downtown chic’ décor to the Deansgate address.

The new bar will serve brunch, lunch and an evening American-style menu.

There will also be cocktails are crafted by Arc Inspiration’s bar development manager Mark Austin and the award winning team from the American bar at the Savoy hotel.

Arc Inspirations chief executive Martin Wolstencrost said: “The historical setting of this prominent Deansgate location will offer a fantastic backdrop to our innovative dining and drinking experience.”

CEG’s 196 Deansgate has had a £2.3m investment and attracted a variety of new business tenants to the 48,000 sq ft, five storey office development with only 15,700 sq ft remaining.

Greg Lacey, investment manager at CEG, said: “The recent multi-million pound investment into 196 Deansgate has delivered high quality workspace as well as unveiling more of the unique historic features of this fabulous building.

“In granting planning permission, Manchester City Council is enabling further investment by a niche operator to bring a vibrant new bar and restaurant, creating around 50 new jobs – and I am confident this will become the most popular venue on Deansgate.

196 Deansgate sits at the junction of Deansgate, Quay Street and Peter Street in the heart of Manchester’s business district.

Designed by architect Charles Heathcote and constructed in 1904 for the Royal London Friendly Society, the Grade II listed building is a classic example of Edwardian Baroque architecture.

CEG has remodelled the entrance and reception to provide an impressive atrium from the ground to fifth floors, providing office space with unique heritage features.

Indigo advised as planning consultant with KPP and GA Studio acting as architects. Gray Scanlan Hill acted as project manager.

Property agents Avison Young and Canning O’ Neill continue to market the remaining office space with Cheetham & Mortmer and Hynes Illingworth appointed on the ground floor retail space.

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