Caffe Grande by Piccolino
After 13 years at the top of the Italian restaurant scene in Manchester, Piccolino is to get a major £1.3m refit, which will see the restaurant nearly doubling in size, following the acquisition of adjoining premises.
Work was well under way in the new premises for a number of months with the new-look restaurant increasing to seat 200 guests with a 30 cover alfresco terrace, which overlooks Manchester Town Hall.
Design work at the restaurant was undertaken by Carroll Design. Carroll Design delivers value to their customers by creating practical and original designs to meet their expectations. They provide their customers with designs tailored to their requirements and expectations. Carroll Design produces and supplies all of the necessary drawings and continually follows the work’s progress by keeping their clients updated until the scheme is completed.
Oliver Ludlam from Carroll Design said: “The Grande Café is actually a restaurant refurbishment and an extension. The adjoining property had been vacant for some time and the client acquired the lease a few years ago. The client wanted to create a destination restaurant inspired by the Harrods Food Hall, with fresh produce on display in theatre kitchens, deli counters, patisseries and a pizza kitchen. The existing site was one of the first Piccolino restaurants and will be completely refurbished for the extension.”
The current Piccolino closed on Monday 21 February to allow works to commence. Caffe Grande by Piccolino opened following this major investment in early April.
Oliver added: “The new restaurant concept includes a lot of display areas for fresh produce, including; fresh fish, meats, cooked deli goods and desserts. In order to achieve this we have designed bespoke fridge displays with specialist manufacturers in Turkey. The design is a high-end finish and we have sourced specialist marble from quarries in Italy. All of the furniture and lighting we have designed especially for the restaurant so this gives us a better control of the overall aesthetic.”
Individual Restaurants, which owns Piccolino, recently announced another record year and continues its strong growth programme following the recent opening of a flagship Piccolino in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.
Steven Walker, Founder of Individual Restaurants, said: “It’s always exciting to be opening restaurants in our North West home and now our guests can be well looked after when travelling to and from Euston Station, London. The refurbishment of Piccolino, Clarence Street, Manchester, is on a grand scale. The new restaurant will seat 200 guests and brings a new meaning to ‘all day everyday dining.’”
Ettore Cicchetti who has been the General Manager since Piccolino first opened its doors in 2003 added: “I can’t wait to showcase our new look to our loyal followers.”
Oliver commented: “We have had an ongoing working relationship with the Individual Restaurant Company for many years and we are pleased to be a part of the team that will deliver this new restaurant.”
Following the launch of the new look Piccolino in Manchester, the team will be focusing on opening a brand new 250 cover flagship restaurant in Chester, under sister brand, The Restaurant Bar & Grill.
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Located in Liverpool and having been in operation since 1981, the company has worked for Arriva, the Ministry of Defence, Premier League Football Clubs and high end domestic homes.
More recently the company has worked on the refurbishment of Manchester restaurant, Piccolino, now known as Café Grande by Piccolino. On the project the company were responsible for designing, installing and maintaining the Monitored Intruder Alarm and CCTV system.
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