The hotel firm founded by former Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs is to launch a new restaurant with chef Michael O'Hare, owner of the Michelin-starred Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds.
O'Hare, creative director, at Neville and Giggs' GG Hospitality, is to oversee the launch of a new restaurant in the National Football Museum, Manchester, due to open this year.
The Rabbit in the Moon, which will be situated in the fifth and sixth floors of the museum, will be headed up by Luke Cockerill, chef at O'Hare's restaurant the Man Behind the Curtain.
The restaurant will serve a ‘Space Age Asian' tasting menu, and will offer cocktails created by Matt Whiley, owner of drinks company Fantastic Mr Fox.
O'Hare, said: "The Urbis Building is a phenomenal piece of architecture and I'm excited that as a company we can deliver a world class restaurant within it. Luke has been my right hand man since he was 17, he is the most creative, fun and dynamic chef I have ever known and it is amazing to see a guy so young set to achieve so much. Manchester is going to love it!"
GG Hospitality owners Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs will also take over the management of the other restaurants within the museum.
The partnership with the National Football Museum will also see the launch of a new Cafe Football, similar to the Cafe Football that that GG Hospitality already runs in Stratford, London.
Neville said: "The National Football Museum is the ideal place for us to expand our hospitality portfolio. The museum is a massive draw for both football fans and tourists in Manchester and bringing the brands together feels like a natural partnership. To open our first restaurant with Michael O'Hare and his team is a fantastic moment for GG Hospitality and Manchester. It is an exciting time for our business with further announcements imminent."
Rowsley executive director, Ho Kiam Kheong, said: "We are delighted to partner the National Football Museum which is home to the greatest football collection in the world. More than half a million people visit the museum annually which will be a fantastic exposure to our Cafe Football brand.
"As we take a major step forward in expanding Hotel Football and Cafe Football internationally, the access to the museum's extensive football memorabilia and interactive games will undoubtedly enhance the experience of our cafe patrons and hotel guests."
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