Federal adds second Manchester location

Developer CEG has applied for planning and listed building consent to convert a ground floor unit at the grade two-listed 196 Deansgate for Federal Café & Bar.

The deal represents an expansion for Federal, which has secured a loyal following with its Australian and New Zealand-themed offering since opening on High Street in 2014.

Greg Lacey, investment manager at CEG, said: “We set out to find an independent, credible operator who can bring a barista and all-day brunch offer to benefit 196 Deansgate’s existing office occupiers and visitors.

“Federal Cafe & Bar is hugely popular in Manchester and the first time I met Claudio I knew we had the right operator. As part of the proposed works, we will be opening up part of the building’s reception to allow direct access. I’m very excited to see what is a fantastic unit restored and its historical features put on show to the public”.

Claudio Ribeiro, proprietor of Federal, said the deal will create 20 additional jobs, adding:  “Our first Manchester base has gone from strength to strength, building a strong and loyal customer base in the Northern Quarter. We were keen to expand our antipodean café culture brand and 196 Deansgate provides an impressive setting for this next venture.”

CEG has invested around £3m in works including the remodelling of the entrance and reception at 196 Deansgate, the 1904-built edifice at the junction of Quay Street. The building offers five floors of offices and is set to welcome Arc Inspirations’ Manahatta bar and restaurant brand this month.

Indigo Planning is advising as planning consultant with GA Studio acting as architect for the design and fit out of the Federal Cafe & Bar venture. Cheetham & Mortimer acted as agent for CEG and Sixteen Real Estate for Federal.

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