London's iconic celebrity hotspot expected to open their Manchester brasserie by Spring 2018
Work has begun on The Pavilion, a new four storey timber structure on Spinningfields' Hardman Square which will soon become home to iconic celebrity hotspot The Ivy.
Perhaps the capital's most famous restaurant, The Ivy turned one hundred this year, with owners Caprice Holdings - ran by fine dining restaurateur and multi-millionaire businessman Richard Caring - planning to mark the centenary by opening a number of offshoots across the country, including Manchester, York and Edinburgh.
The new venues will form part of the The Ivy Collection, a group of a dozen more casual cafes and brasseries expected to grow to 30 by the end of next year.
The group says the Manchester brasserie - due to open by Spring 2018 - will 'offer extensive all-day menus featuring the best of modern British dishes in a relaxed dining atmosphere' that is 'sophisticated yet approachable, casual yet polished'.
Discussing what makes The Ivy Brasserie suitable for the provinces, executive director Yishay Malkov told The Caterer: "I think we’ve found some sort of formula that is a throwback to proper old-school hospitality. There is something comforting about it; I think people are longing for it. The tablecloths and the waiter that is not your mate, and the cutlery that feels solid in your hands and a menu that gives you what it says."
The new Sheppard Robson-designed building will form part of 'The Field', a 'cutting-edge but inherently sustainable' new 'urban oasis' in Spinningfields, located on the site of the old Lawns, which were dug up in order to erect the adjacent nineteen-storey No.1 Spinningfields tower (where another upmarket London restaurant group, D&D, will open a new rooftop restaurant).
Spinningfields developer Allied London say 'The Pavillion will be greened and softened with landscaped ledges and trellises, tiered seating and street furniture, adding some ever-needed public green space to the urban layout of Manchester city centre.'
Work on The Pavilion is expected to complete around the end of 2017 or early 2018.