Royal London House

Leeds bar Manahatta heads to Manchester

Commercial Estates Group has submitted a planning application to convert the Nevisport unit at Royal London House on Manchester’s Deansgate into a “New York-style” restaurant and bar.

The unit will be operated under ARC Inspirations’ Manahatta brand, which currently has two branches in Leeds. The Manchester bar will be its first in the city.

The ground floor and basement of the existing unit will be refurbished to house a 230-cover restaurant and bar. Subject to planning consent, Manahatta will open in summer 2018, and will provide 45 jobs. ARC also operates Banyan Bar & Kitchen in the Corn Exchange.

Indigo acted as planning consultant, with KPP as architect.

The wider Royal London House, on the junction of Quay Street and Deansgate, includes 48,000 sq ft of offices over five floors. CEG completed a £2.3m refurbishment of the building in autumn 2016.

Greg Lacey, investment manager at CEG, said: “The planning application provides for a vibrant use at the ground floor of this historic building, which would be a niche operator benefiting visitors as well as the businesses within the 196 Deansgate.”

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