Talking about the new design, O’Hare said: “We needed a designed space with a different feel to it. So the idea was to spend a sh**load of money compared with the original site.
“All in, the whole fit-out will be close to £1m, which is huge compared to where we started. “We had no choice but make the original an edgy, punk loft restaurant but it gets a bit tired and life has changed for me.” The original restaurant, which opened on a tight budget back in 2014 had to be accessed through Flannels – a clothing store – but soon became a massive hit after it was awarded a Michelin star with O’Hare’s daring dishes and edgy style winning huge critical acclaim. The new restaurant will feature an illuminated doorway separating the kitchen and dining room, through which serving staff will emerge as though entering a catwalk runway.
Despite being double the size, the new restaurant will accomodate only 42 covers, four fewer than the original and will provide diners with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The menu will remain largely the same, though O’Hare does plan to introduce a new aperitif section on the menu, with drinks created at his other restaurant Rabbit in the Moon in Manchester. “I don’t want to change the food too much other than tweak it and make it better,” O’Hare added. “Since we’ve grown the food has improved. We’ve got the Michelin star and AA rosettes, and people expect more and I want more. I’m not star chasing but I don’t want to settle where we’re at and we can’t do it on top of a clothes shop anymore.” He is also changing the pricing structure, with a more dynamic approach that encourages guests to book midweek.
O’Hare explained: “Saturday night at 8pm is way more valuable than Tuesday at 6:30pm, so that’s now reflected in the price. It’s not to discourage people to take a weekend table, but it makes midweek more appealing.” O’Hare is also creative director of GG Hospitality, founded by former footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. He opened the Rabbit in the Moon at the National Football Museum in partnership with the pair earlier this year, and has plans for two further sites – the Man who Fell to Earth and Are Friends Electric -in GG Hospitality’s second Manchester hotel within the city’s Stock Exchange.
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