Manchester restaurant Piccolino is to nearly double in size as it undergoes a £1.3m refit following the acquisition of adjoining premises.
The restaurant has already closed to allow work to start. Caffé Grande by Piccolino will reopen in early April following the investment. The new-look restaurant will increase to seat 200 guests and will also offer a 30-cover alfresco terrace, which overlooks Manchester Town Hall.
Meanwhile, parent company Individual Restaurants is also set to open a flagship 250-cover restaurant in Chester under Piccolino's sister brand, the Restaurant Bar & Grill.
The news comes shortly after Individual Restaurants opened a Piccolino in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
In addition, the company's partnership with chef Gino D'Acampo continues, following the openings of Gino D'Acampo - My Restaurant in both Corn Exchange, Manchester in December 2015 and a second, which opened last week, in Euston Station, London.
Individual Restaurants founder Steven Walker said: "It's always exciting to be opening restaurants in our North West home and now our guests can be well looked after when travelling to and from Euston Station, London.
"The refurbishment of Piccolino, Clarence Street, Manchester, is on a grand scale. The new restaurant will seat 200 guests and brings a new meaning to ‘all day everyday dining'. The new look restaurant will have more of a feel of a Harrods-style food hall with the addition of a pizzeria, deli counter, gelato and pastry counter, theatre grill, meat, fish and shellfish counters, together with a cocktail bar and wine boutique."
Individual Restaurants runs a total of 33 restaurants in London and across the UK.
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