New Catalan restaurant Tast will try where Quill and Suri have failed
On the very same day the Catalan parliament reconvened for the first time following a failed bid for independence, there was an altogether separate Catalonian convening taking place 1000 miles north in Manchester.
Except, here on King Street, the only direct control being imposed on this new Catalan territory would be that of two Argentianian-born restaurateurs, Tomas Maunier and Robert Melman, who seek to succeed where the previous occupants have failed.
Yes the two chaps behind Fazenda, the Brazilian 'rodizio' restaurant group with venues in Spinningfields (pictured above), Leeds and Liverpool, have confirmed to Confidential plans to take on No.20 King Street - a spot which has seen two restaurants, Quill and Suri, open and close in recent years.
Speaking with Confidential, Maunier said the project was in the "very early stages" but that the restaurant, Tast, will be based around Catalan cuisine and likely open by summer this year.
Preparatory work is already underway at No.20, to remove the plush leather, brass and marble interior of previous occupant Suri - a Med-Middle Eastern restaurant which bowed out in August after just five months in business.
Terrance Langley, co-owner of Fazenda, was one of three directors who launched Suri back in March 2017. Speaking about the closure, he told Confidential: "We gave it our best shot, I guess we misread the market with our offering and concept."
Let's hope, this time, Mancunians have more of a taste for Tast.
Tast is expected to open at 20 King Street by summer.