Grafene, a 190-seat modern British restaurant opened on King Street, located at the former Brasserie Blanc site following a £1m investment.
Grafene is owned by Paul and Kathryn Roden, who also operate Losehill House Hotel & Spa in the Peak District, which is well known for its restaurant The Orangery.
The new restaurant will be run by Kelly Wimbledon and Nick Wadeson as operations manager and deputy general manager respectively. The kitchen will be run by head chef Damien Cuncliffe, previously senior sous chef at Volta in West Didsbury.
The restaurant, which takes its name from the 2D material Graphene discovered at Manchester University, is open breakfast through to dinner offering a daily-changing market based a la carte menu, a 7-course taster menu and small plates.
Paul Roden said: “Grafene is our food and drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester’s rich history, and of the excitement and energy there is around its possibilities for science and technology.
“While we are serious about our food, there is no need to take eating out so seriously that it stops being fun. With private booths and a big bar space, we will create a relaxed, unstuffy atmosphere for people to enjoy.
He continued, “Having a proactive bank and a mutual understanding with your relationship manager helps ensure the business is robust and here for the long term. We certainly look forward to the challenges ahead which are made all the more approachable when you have the full backing and support of your Bank.”
The new facility was arranged by the North West Corporate Banking team at Barclays led by Mike Holligan, Relationship Director. He commented: “Paul and Kathryn have made a respected name for themselves at their Peak District hotel and restaurant.
"With our industry knowledge and ability to structure a finance package we were able to support our client with their ambitious plans to take a highly successful concept from the country into the heart of the city.”
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