Arc Inspirations to open new Banyan Bar & Kitchen site after £1.6m investment

By Stuart Stone

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Arc life: the operator has opened its eighth Banyan Bar & Kitchen site
Arc life: the operator has opened its eighth Banyan Bar & Kitchen site

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Multi-brand operator Arc Inspirations has continued its expansion in the north-west of England with the announcement of a second site in Manchester opening in summer 2018.

The new site, set to open in Spinningfields district and create 50 full and part-time jobs in the area, will cover 7,000sq ft and cater for 230 covers.

Architects KPP collaborated with local designers No Chintz to devise an eye-catching new look for the new bar, which will be open seven days a week with extended opening hours until 2am.

The acquisition will expand Arc Inspirations’ Banyan Bar & Kitchen to a total of eight sites in the north of England.

Pioneers of innovative drinking

Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft said: “Following the announcement last month that we are bringing our shamelessly glamorous Manahatta brand to Manchester, it felt only natural that we secured a second Banyan Bar & Kitchen.

“The success of our Corn Exchange venue and increased demand for the brand has meant we can branch Banyan across the north of England and beyond.

“We’ve worked with contemporary designers No Chintz, which is elevating and reforming the Banyan brand to take it to the next level.

“Guests will see a real difference compared with Corn Exchange, and we know Banyan is going to ooze sophistication and be a fantastic addition to the vibrant Spinningfields area.

“Our rapid expansion within Manchester continues to reinforce our reputation and position as pioneers of innovating drinking and dining experiences. We’re set for a phenomenal year of growth and we can’t wait to show the city of Manchester and beyond what we do best – no one does it better.”

Arc Inspirations – established in 1999 and operates 16 bars in the north of England across its three core brands – Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Manahatta, and The Pit, plus its two students formats Arc and The Box – enjoyed a landmark 2017 that saw the first Manahatta site (set to open in October 2018 in Deansgate, Manchester) announced as well as record-breaking financial results for the year.​ 

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