Zinc Bar and Grill to pilot new look at Manchester site

14 June 2006 by
Zinc Bar and Grill to pilot new look at Manchester site

Zinc Bar and Grill will undergo a complete transformation, starting this summer, under the new ownership of Bank Restaurant Group.

The group bought Zinc from Conran Restaurants in a deal worth £4m last November and plans to expand Zinc from its current five units into a fully-fledged national chain.

A sixth Zinc, which will open in Manchester's Old Trafford Centre in September, will be the first "modernised" offering.

Manchester will have a showpiece bar at its centre, "warmer" colours and more comfortable materials for furniture, in order to move it away from the chain's current "austere" image.

Chairman Robert Breare said: "We plan to refurbish our London Heddon St site during October and will then attend to the remaining sites."

Breare said he intended to even out the chain's food-to-drink balance. Turnover is currently wet-led.

The company is also looking for new opportunities to expand its three-strong Bank restaurant business.

By Chris Druce

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