Fresh date for Jamie’s Italian Kitchen opening

Manchester's long-awaited Jamie Oliver restaurant is now scheduled to open in the week commencing 20 February.

The celebrity chef applied for the licence at 100 King Street in 2010 and the restaurant was originally scheduled to open in summer 2011 but the launch was put back. It is understood the delays were due to issues around gaining listed building consent from the council for the conversion into a restaurant.

The landmark Midland Bank building is owned by Simon Marshall's Commercial Development Projects. The Grade 2-listed building was designed by Edward Lutyens and opened in 1928.

CDP has carried out a full refurbishment of the 46,000 sq ft building, with upper floors of offices above the restaurant on ground and mezzanine. It will be the 28th Jamie's Italian Kitchen in the chain, which includes an outlet in Paradise Street in Liverpool One.

The £1m fit-out King Street restaurant will retain original marble clad columns, mahogany wall panelling and art deco detailing.

DTZ has been retained to manage the building on CDP's behalf.

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Not sure how true it is but someone told me they were put off opening last year by the fanfare around Living Ventures’ Spinningfields stuff – Australasia, Oast House – and wanted that to die down before they stepped into the media/foodie glare themselves

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