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Work on former Room site to begin by end of year

Living Ventures is due to start work on its second Grand Pacific restaurant in the former Room unit at the top of King Street by November, with a provisional opening scheduled for March.

The 5,000 sq ft restaurant in the Manchester Club at 81 King Street had been run by HRH Group until the beginning of January when the restaurant suddenly closed.

Living Ventures then announced that it had taken over the lease and planned to turn the venue into a 100-cover Grand Pacific. According to a spokesman for Living Ventures, work on the restaurant has been delayed due to commitments elsewhere.

There is already a Grand Pacific bar and restaurant at the top of The Avenue in Spinningfields.

Sister restaurant to Australasia, Grand Pacific specialises in cocktails, sushi, and small plates, operating from brunch through to late night.

Other Living Ventures brands in Manchester include The Alchemist, Artisan, Oast House, Gusto and Manchester House.

In June Living Ventures confirmed plans to open two new restaurants in the Cunard Building at Liverpool’s Pier Head, in a £6m venture backed by a private syndicate.

The freehold of 81 King Street is owned by The Tatton Estate. Bruntwood has a long lease and manages the building.

The Manchester Club building dates back to 1871 when it was a gentlemen’s club for Liberal Party members.

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