The owner of the Restaurant Bar & Grill chain has begun work on a £1 million expansion of its flagship site in Manchester city centre.
Individual Restaurants has been given planning permission for two separate extensions to the eatery – one for a new 80-seat first-floor terrace and the other for the creation of a roof-top Sky Bar & Grill.
The plans should significantly extend the capacity of the venue, located on John Dalton Street, and should lead to new hospitality employment opportunities in the Manchester area.
Designed by renowned architect Robert Angell, the ground-floor terrace will provide seating for 80 people and also feature a retractable roof for year-round use.
Mr Angell has previously helped design a number of London's most prestigious restaurants, bars and hotels, including The Wolseley and Nobu.
Alongside the creation of the new terrace, the restaurant's bar will be refurbished and a private dining area with its own bar and kitchen facilities will be extended.
Meanwhile, the Sky Bar & Grill, which will be built on the roof of the existing venue, is due to open next spring.
With space for 100 covers, the new bar and grill is expected to create around 20 jobs.
It will feature a wood-burning oven, charcoal grill and bar with a mix of restaurant and lounge seating under a retractable awning.
Steven Walker, chief executive of Individual Restaurants, said: "Demand dictates expansion. After visiting the best roof terraces at some of the coolest restaurants and hotels in major cities around the world, we are looking forward to bringing a taste of them to Manchester.
"This project is definitely one of the most exciting, to date, for us."
Alongside its flagship Manchester venue, Individual Restaurants operates the Piccolino chain of Italian restaurants, the Bank Restaurant & Bar with outlets
London and Birmingham and the Zinc Bar& Grill in Manchester.
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