Situated on King Street, in the heart of the city centre, Burger & Lobster Manchester is the latest restaurant in the Burger & Lobster collection.
The 200-cover restaurant – which is housed within the beautiful Grade II Listed Ship Canal House building – opened its doors for the first time in August 2015 and is already proving very popular with Mancunians and city visitors alike.
Burger & Lobster Manchester is situated in a thriving area of the city, close to restaurants such as Jamie’s Italian and Rosso, as well as the luxurious Hotel Gotham. The area is a popular destination for diners and has provided Burger & Lobster with the perfect opportunity to really make a mark in Manchester.
As with other Burger & Lobster restaurants, the Manchester venue serves up a delicious mix of fresh Atlantic Ocean lobster as well as corn-fed steak reared in the rolling hills of Nebraska. In addition, each juicy burger is presented in an exquisite brioche bun, freshly baked each day in order to provide guests with the best possible taste.
Keen to find out a little more about this latest Burger & Lobster restaurant in Manchester, Premier Hospitality caught up with Karen Mitton of DesignLSM, the branding, architecture and hospitality specialist on the project. DesignLSM worked on the project with main contractors HCM Interiors and delivered a restaurant which truly stands out from the crowd.
“Burger & Lobster Manchester is spread across a single storey in Manchester’s King Street. As with all of the restaurants that we work on in the Burger & Lobster collection we have changed the design a little, installing site specific elements where possible.
“With this being Manchester we wanted to appeal to a lively crowd, so we installed a DJ area and at the entrance we introduced a wine and champagne display, which sits either side of the lobster tanks. This creates quite a point of interest when walking into the building.
“We also placed a big neon display above the kitchen area, which takes influence from the Joy Division album cover for Unknown Pleasures. Joy Division was such an iconic Manchester band that we felt we had to include something like this as a little nod to the local area.”
As the restaurant is housed within a Listed building, the construction team encountered a few challenges associated with working in such a structure, including the need to retain ceiling panels which were dated and did not necessarily fit the overall design of the restaurant. In order to combat this challenge the team installed a new ceiling to sit a little lower than the original ceiling, masking it from view.
“We covered over the original ceiling tiles simply because we felt they didn’t fit the design. More often than not Burger & Lobster like to make the most of their buildings but on this occasion we felt this was one aspect that didn’t quite work.”
Working with Burger & Lobster has continued the long-standing working relationship that DesignLSM and main contractor HCM Interiors has with the brand.
Commenting, Karen said:
“Burger & Lobster continues to be one of our main clients. We have a great relationship with the brand, as well as with Goodman Restaurants and this is something we value. They give us quite a lot of freedom when it comes to the design and we appreciate our involvement with this latest restaurant in Manchester.”
In addition to Manchester, Burger & Lobster can be found in Bath, Cardiff, London, Sweden and the USA. For further information about Burger & Lobster, or to find details about other Burger & Lobster restaurants, please visit: www.burgerandlobster.com.