Independent restaurant group Mud Crab Industries has launched its second site in Manchester, and its fifth overall.
The company, run by founder Neil Lawrence along with business partner Ged Lynch, has now opened Kitchenette on Oxford Street in Manchester, the first sub-brand of the Mud Crab business.
The 100-seater side offers views of Manchester city centre's waterways, and serves "high class junk food", including hirata buns - fluffy, folded steamed rice flour buns, with various different fillings, which originate from the Taiwanese streetfood, gua bao.
He added that the business had seen a shift in customers' typical age range and average spend, as they experimented with the new tastes, fillings and flavours of the hirata buns.
"We've chosen locations and timings carefully to expand the Mud Crab brand, and we have seen significant growth across the board. Kitchenette is a culmination of research, customer demand and strategic investment, the results speak for themselves and we're very proud to bring to the Manchester marketplace a strong contender in terms of casual dining and drinking," he said.
The Mud Crab restaurants, which serve sharing plates, pizzas and burgers are located in: Sheffield, Manchester, Didsbury and West Bridgford.