A new Greek restaurant “Fenix” will be opening in Manchester in November. The restaurant will focus on modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, boasting what is billed as “breath-taking design, live sounds and cutting edge light technology”. They are aimimg to “mimic the setting sun and rising moon across the Greek Isles” with the lighting design.

Bosses have announced that the restaurant is set to be ready to launch in Manchester in November. It is being created in the new “Enterprise City” part of town – the area around the old Granada Studios now known as St John’s where we will also be getting the first Soho House private members club in the autumn.

Fenix bosses have also now announced that the opening will be led by two celebrated chefs recruited from Greece, who they say will “bring modern techniques together with traditional ingredients and flavours”.

Executive Head Chef, Ippokratis Anagnostelis, has built his reputation across a wealth of fine dining establishments in Athens and Mykonos, from Jackie ‘O, Scorpios and Kensho Mykonos to Kiku and Michelin Star destination, Hytrain.

He will be working with his long-time Head Chef, Zisis Giannouras, to create a sharing-concept menu designed to take customers on a “journey of Greek discovery”.

Dishes will focus on innovative plates inspired by Greek traditions and showcasing the best of fresh seafood and locally sourced meats flamed live in front of diners on a spectacular charcoal fired grill.

The images released of the interiors show cool white and wood seating, with flourishes of glamour in the dramatic ceilings and what appears to be a large tree at the heart of the restaurant space. A further image shows white washed walls and arches reminiscent of the Greek Islands’ distinctive architecture.

News of the Fenix launch comes amid news that Tattu, the independent hospitality group known for its sites in London, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham, serving high-end, contemporary Chinese cuisine, is to rebrand to the name ‘Permanently Unique’. The updated name for the group is announced in tandem with news around the growth of its restaurant portfolio on a national and global scale.

Founded in Manchester in 2015 by brothers Adam and Drew Jones, the Permanently Unique group recently launched Tattu London at The Outernet development, following the success of their existing locations in Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh and the original Tattu in Manchester.

Permanently Unique say that November 2023 will see “an entirely new food concept” added to their roster with FENIX, before the launch of Tattu Dubai, Permanently Unique’s first international site, with further details to be announced in the coming months.

Adam Jones, Permanently Unique Founder, says: “We’re incredibly proud of the brand we have built around the Tattu name and our focus on delivering a unique experience has been instrumental to its success. As we look to the future, and we introduce new cutting edge concepts to the market, it’s important that we embody this next chapter of the business wholeheartedly.

“Being a homegrown Northern hospitality group with our central roots in Manchester, we have the perfect platform to showcase our learnings and progression as a group. As we continue to work to develop new hospitality spaces, our focus will remain the pursuit of innovation, excellent guest experiences and truly one of a kind spaces.”

A further site in Manchester from Permanently Unique is penned for 2024, the company says.


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