The Ivy collection is set to launch the largest restaurant opening of 2018 at its new Spinningfields site in Manchester.
The 535-cover, four-floor dining experience will open in the city’s financial district in November, featuring a ground floor Ivy Brasserie and the brand’s first ‘Ivy Asia’ – a bar-restaurant concept with Asian-inspired cocktails and dishes including wagyu beef with truffle sauce; salmon fillet teriyaki; and avocado and crispy tofu with lime and ginger dressing. There will also be a private dining “Geisha room”
Sean Burbidge will oversee back of house as executive chef, while Kate Cooper will serve as general manager.
Baton Berisha, director of operations for the Ivy Collection, says: “We are incredibly excited to bring the Ivy Collection to Manchester this winter. Situated within the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s luxury dining and shopping quarter, we can’t wait to showcase our different floors, dining concepts and offerings. They’ll be something for everyone and we hope to bring something new to the city.”
The brand is still operated by the Ivy owner Richard Caring, but is managed through Troia, a separate company to the firm which oversees the Covent Garden institution.
In its last strategic report for the year ending July 2017, Troia had a turnover of £44m, double that of 2016’s £22m, and adjusted earnings of £4.7m. However, due to the scale of its expansion, the firm ran an operating loss of £3.5m, more than double the previous year’s £1.3m loss.