March 11th, 2014

Living Ventures reveals plans for two new bars

By Dianne Bourne at Manchester Evening News

The restaurant empire is taking over Label bar on Deansgate, which Bacon originally owned as the JW Johnson's bar in the early 90s

Living Ventures reveals plans for two new bars

Living Ventures boss Tim Bacon has revealed plans for two new bars - one at the site of his first ever business in Manchester.

The restaurant empire is taking over Label bar on Deansgate, which Bacon originally owned as the JW Johnson's bar in the early 90s.

It will be transformed into The Botanist - after the success of the quirky urban pub model in Alderley Edge.

The Deansgate site, currently the modern-styled Label, will undergo an extensive refurbishment to become The Botanist, with an opening date of July pencilled in.

It will join an extensive stable of bars and restaurants owned by Living Ventures in Manchester, including The Alchemist, Oasthouse, Artisan and Manchester House on Spinningfields.

And The Botanist will also be next door to one of Tim's former big successes - The Living Room on Deansgate - which he created in 1999, built into a brand and then sold in 2007 as part of a £28mn deal.

Living Ventures reveals plans for two new bars

The Botanist in Alderley has a similar menu to The Oast House, with a focus on grilled meat dishes and speciality hanging kebabs, although it has not yet been confirmed if this new Botanist will follow the same menu.

In Alderley the pub has a quirky, distressed garden shed style, with a host of antique agricultural tools as decoration - so that will be quite a change for the Deansgate bar scene.

Meanwhile, the firm is also finally planning a refurb of the Olive Press restaurant on Lloyd Street in the city centre that they took over from celebrity chef Paul Heathcote - to become one of its Gusto Italian restaurants.

The Gusto chain has proved popular in Cheshire, but the Lloyd Street venue will be its first branch in Manchester.

The new Gusto is set to open in August with 200 covers as well as a private dining room.

The two sites are set to create 100 new jobs in Manchester.

 

Tags: Gusto, Living Ventures, Manchester Evening News, The Botanist, Tim Bacon
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