The restaurant group is investing £1m in a refurbishment of Dukes 92 restaurant in Manchester’s Castlefield by interior designers Space Invader.
The former stable block for the horses that pulled the barges up the Rochdale Canal was converted into a bar by Elle R Leisure in 1991. The company is behind Albert’s Restaurant Group, which also owns Albert’s Shed next door to Dukes 92 and Albert’s in Didsbury.
The 6,000 sq ft space will be stripped back to the brick to reflect its industrial heritage and fitted out with hotel lobby-style furniture. The focal point will be a 50 ft long main bar. Trees and foliage will extend through the building to an extended covered terrace, with dining throughout.
James Ramsbottom, managing director of Elle R Leisure, said: “This project is the culmination of 12 months of careful planning. We are fortunate to have a fantastic building in an amazing location and this has made Dukes 92 into one of Manchester’s top destination bars. To continue this success it’s crucial we create a space that works just as well for laid-back lunches as it does on Saturday nights when there will be a DJ to entertain the weekend crowd. I’m very excited about the transformation and looking forward to revealing our new look in the spring.”
Dukes 92 will move into a temporary home on the terrace outside of the restaurant on 1 January 2016 for a three-month period.