Tops tucks in to region with £1m investment

THE latest entrant to the North West restaurant scene opens its doors this weekend after a £1m investment.

Tops – a world buffet concept – is creating 100 jobs in its first venue in the region, and is looking for sites in Liverpool and Leeds too.

Based on Portland Street, Manchester, the 14,000 sq ft restaurant can seat 335 diners.

The new restaurant features a marble lobby and 10 live cooking stations and top-of-the-range equipment to prepare food from all over the globe. The venue is owned by entrepreneur and restaurateur Kevin Liu.

Business manager Robin Wang said: “We’re extremely excited to be opening our first restaurant in Manchester, as our research tells us that the people in and around the city are keen foodies who thoroughly enjoy eating out.

“Tops’ range of over 300 dishes will cater for everyone’s tastes, to create the perfect setting for families, friends and couples, as well as businesses looking for a venue for corporate functions.”
The menu features sushi, teppanyaki, Tandoori, pizza and numerous dessert choices. A similar all-you-can eat concept, Red Hot World Buffet and Bar on Deansgate, opened last year, and its fixed price and wide ranging menu has proved very popular.
Manchester law firm Kuits advised Tops on its licence application for Tops. The team, led by partner and head of licensing, Anthony Lyons, included associate, Felicity Harris-Knott.