A £1.5 million flagship restaurant for renowned brand Revolucion de Cuba is under construction on Peter Street in Manchester.
Boasting a Cuban-style menu, the restaurant will offer customers a range of delicious dishes, including roasted chorizo, Cajun cream mushrooms, burritos and paella. Along with a ‘Rum Store’ with a collection of 50 of the finest rums from the Caribbean and Latin America, the bar will serve a range of homemade rums and delicious cocktails including Mai Tais and the notoriously intoxicating ‘Zombie’.
Owned and operated by Inventive Leisure, the restaurant will be the fifteenth Revolucion de Cuba site to open in the last 12 months. Other locations include: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Cardiff, Blackpool, Norwich and Liverpool.
Inventive Leisure was established in 1991 and opened their first Revolution Vodka Bar in 1996. Last year, the company decided to expand their portfolio using an entirely new concept, as Godfrey Russell from Inventive Leisure explained:
“We have specialised in vodka for over ten years, and saw the opportunity to develop the Revolucion de Cuba concept with rum. As a result, we went out to Cuba and Miami to research Cuban culture, entertainment and drinks and subsequently adapted these influences for the UK market.
“The concept is very much based around a 1930s Cuban feel, and we have incorporated a lot of pre and post revolution imagery, including sporting, dancing and film festivals from the 1940s and 1950s. We like to use a mixed palette that incorporates vibrant artwork with furniture in white, dark tan and brown, as we feel this reflects an authentic Cuban feel.
“Sheffield was our first prototype and we were able to take some elements from this site and use them to inform our next projects. Despite similarities between the sites, such as furniture and furnishings, each of the projects is treated individually and we never just roll out the same design. We have retained two designers – Mark Mason Design and Julian Taylor Design Associates – throughout the course of the projects and they have been instrumental in helping the design to evolve.”
Work began on the Manchester site in June 2012, with the 12-week project being carried out by main contractor Sanderson. Situated within the former Squares bar, the project has seen the complete strip-out of the ground and lower ground floor.
The light and airy ground floor covers approximately 4,000 sq ft and will cater for the food trade, whilst the basement covers around 3,000 sq ft and is designed to suit an evening clientele. In total, the restaurant will seat up to 130 people.
A tasteful material palette will include white Carrera marble, reclaimed brick and glass. In addition, recycled vintage furniture will feature heavily throughout the bar.
Godfrey Russell, Inventive Leisure, added:
“This has been a challenging project as the new restaurant lies beneath existing offices and we therefore had to plan our works carefully. As a result, a lot of the work – for instance sandblasting – has been carried out at night. Although this has been difficult at times, we have been lucky to have a supportive landlord and we have been able to cooperate with our neighbours in order to minimise disruption.
“Revolucion de Cuba (Manchester) will be something completely new. People know us for our vodka bars, but we are now hoping to attract an older clientele and focus more on food. For us, music and food are interlinked, so we have a lot of live music – which not many venues do these days. Rum is a fantastic drink and we also offer a wide range of beers and cocktails, so it’s well worth coming down and having a taste!”
The restaurant will launch in mid September and the Macclesfield, Derby and Bournemouth sites will open thereafter. A further ten sites are scheduled to open throughout 2013.
Pro Technical (UK) Ltd
Pro Technical (UK) Ltd specialise in the installation of audio and visual equipment for the leisure and retail industry, including stadiums, nightclubs and bars. The company has been in operation since 1997 and has completed work for a number of Revolution Vodka Bars.
On Revolucion de Cuba, Pro Technical (UK) Ltd installs sound systems, plasma displays and effects lighting. To date, Pro Technical (UK) Ltd has worked on eight Revolucion de Cuba sites.
Pro Technical (UK) Ltd Company Director, Richard Anderson, said:
“Working on Revolucion de Cuba sites is very important for us. We have a good working relationship with the brand – which came from working on 18 Revolution Vodka Bars – and it is great to continue this partnership.
Richard Anderson added:
“At Pro Technical (UK) Ltd we offer bespoke design and the effects lighting that we install is a very integral part of creating the correct atmosphere at each site.”
Corrie and Routh Ltd
Sheffield based Corrie and Routh Ltd are plumbing, heating, air conditioning and ventilation engineers.
For Revolucion de Cuba bar, Corrie and Routh Ltd conducted plumbing alterations and installed a new ventilation and air conditioning system.
Corrie and Routh Ltd Director, Ian Cantrell, said:
“Working on Revolucion de Cuba was challenging but rewarding. We worked on the site for 12 weeks, providing bespoke services and it was quite a big project for us.
“We endeavour to provide a full mechanical service for all our clients and provide them with the personal attention that they deserve.”