Modern British restaurant Grafene is set to open on King Street in Manchester in July.
Paul and Kathryn Roden, owners of the four-star Losehill House hotel and its award-winning restaurant the Orangery, are making a £1m investment in the 5,750 sq ft ground-floor unit.
Formerly a Brasserie Blanc, the 190-seat Grafene will have a cocktail and Champagne bar and restaurant. Under the group's executive chef Darren Goodwin, Grafene will offer a daily changing market-based à la carte menu, a seven-course taster menu and small plate options, all sourced from non-GM local or artisan suppliers.
Its island bar will serve vintage Champagne, local beers and cocktails inspired by graphene, the world's first 2D material, which was first isolated at Manchester University.
The restaurant will offer the opportunity for wine tasting sessions in a dedicated wine room, along with wine matching for the tasting menus. Two private dining areas will specialise in wine tasting, either as an accompaniment to the tasting menu, or as a dedicated activity tailored to each party.
The venue will also feature an open pastry kitchen in the heart of the restaurant and an alfresco dining area on the thoroughfare between King Street and Chapel Walks.
Paul Roden said: "Grafene is our food and drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester's rich history, and of the excitement and energy there is around its possibilities for science and technology.
"While we are serious about our food, there is no need to take eating out so seriously that it stops being fun. With private booths and a big bar space, we will create a relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere for people to enjoy. Grafene will offer a truly unique experience in the heart of the city."
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