Owners of leading Spanish restaurant, El Gato Negro, have confirmed plans to open a third city centre venue in 2019.
Further to speculation, the much-anticipated new restaurant from Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments will occupy the former Panama Hatty’s unit on Brown Street, Manchester. It will be a Middle Eastern concept.
The name and plans for the design of the restaurant are being kept under wrap but will see the basement of the grade II* listed building at the top of King Street totally transformed whilst making use of the building’s original features.
Speaking on the plans, Chef Patron and Creative Director of El Gato Negro Simon Shaw, commented: “We’re really pleased to announce that we will be opening our long-awaited third restaurant on Brown Street this summer.
“Drawing heavily on my travels through the Middle East, diners can expect authentic flavours inspired by the various regions. The space itself will be open and inviting, similar to El Gato Negro, making guests really feel at ease. We’re looking forward to revealing more in the coming months.”
Speaking on behalf of Bruntwood, Long Leaseholders of Manchester Club, James Tootle Senior Retail and Leisure Manager, commented: “This is a much-anticipated announcement for us at Bruntwood, as we’ve been in long-term discussion with the El Gato Negro team about bringing their idea to life within this iconic building.
“The Grade II* listed Manchester club is the perfect location for such an exciting concept. Steeped in history, and built in 1870 in the Venetian Gothic style, it will make an extraordinary setting for a glorious new dining experience right in the heart of the city centre.”
El Gato Negro is renowned for seasonally-inspired dishes reflecting a mix of modern and traditional Spanish flavours and techniques, with influences from closer to home. The restaurant has won countless awards, most recently gaining a 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand, an honour upheld for the third year running.
Sister restaurant Canto, which opened in Cutting Room Square in September 2018, brings modern Portuguese cuisine to Ancoats and has firmly established itself as part of the community, attracting a regular and loyal crowd.