Manchester Corn Exchange wins 12 new restaurants

Hannah Brenton

Twelve new restaurants have agreed to take units at Manchester’s revamped Corn Exchange. 

The ‘Eclectic Grill’ from Individual Restaurants, Mexican street food eatery Wahaca and casual Italian restaurant Vapiano have signed up – with the last two securing their first sites outside of London.

They will also be joined by casual dining and drinking lounge The Cosy Club, Brasilian barbecue Cabana, Vietnamese street food Pho, as well as Bar and Kitchen Banyan and the second Byron in Manchester.

Salvi’s Deli, Tampopo, Pizza Express and Zizzi Ristorante have also signed up.

Aviva Investors Property Trust, owners of Corn Exchange Manchester, and developers Queensberry Real Estate plan to revitalise the building and transform it into one of the UK’s best dining facilities.

Simon Green of the Aviva Property Investors Trust said: “The redevelopment means a brand new offer for the city centre that is focused on great restaurants that simply aren’t available in Manchester currently, providing an environment where the best regional and independent food outlets can flourish in this incredible building – a gastronomic exchange.”

Stuart Harris from Queensberry Real Estates, the company overseeing the buildings transformation, added: “Interest has been fantastic and we are now in discussions with operators for the final few units”.

The building’s new layout will mean that all restaurants will have street access and visibility along one of the buildings three sides with the central atrium and dome being used for year-round, all-weather al-fresco dining.

Additionally, as part of the £30m leisure re-development programme, plans are in place to open an 86-room boutique hotel in the upper floors of the historic Grade II listed building.

The building is set to be completed with the first restaurants opening in June 2015.

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