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The new event area takes over the space formerly used by J. Wippell & Co. Credit: Piccolino Caffe Grande

GALLERY | Piccolino opens Manchester private dining room

Julia Hatmaker

Coming in at 1,450 sq ft, the event space can fit up to 80 standing guests and 22 for a boardroom-style occasion.

The private dining room is an extension of the Piccolino Caffe Grande opposite Albert Square on Clarence Street. The restaurant purchased the retail space next door on Princess Street in April and commenced a 12-week renovation. Piccolino spent £400,000 on the project.

“Investing such a significant sum in the expansion of the restaurant during the national lockdown is testament to our belief that the hospitality industry will bounce back bigger and stronger,” said general manager Ettore Cicchetti.

“After such a challenging time for everyone, we’re delighted to provide new and exciting opportunities to enjoy exceptional restaurant dining and create truly memorable events here at Piccolino Caffe Grande, whether they be a private dinner, business event, or celebratory party,” he continued. “We can’t wait to see guests’ reactions.”

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The event space includes a private bar area. Credit: Piccolino Caffe Grande

Designed by Bernard Carroll of Carroll Design, the new space has a private bar, 78-inch plasma screen and a sound system. It also boasts its own terrace, which boosts event capacity by 40 people.

Piccolino’s private event space is available for hire from morning to midnight seven days a week.

For those concerned about the hat and clerical clothing store that used to be next door to Piccolino, do not fear. J. Wippell & Co still has a spot in Manchester. The shop can be found at 87 Bridge Street.

Click any image to launch the gallery. All pictures courtesy of Piccolino Caffe Grande.

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