Jamie’s Italian, the restaurant chain spearheaded by Jamie Oliver, has lined up its first site in Manchester.
The group, which is led day-to-day by managing director Simon Blagden, has applied for an alcohol licence at a site in King Street in the city.
The operator has been looking for a site in Manchester for some time and at one point was close to taking a unit at Spinningfield.
Jamie’s Italian has 14 locations with a restaurant set to open in Birmingham in October followed by outlets in Nottingham and Bristol in January and February next year.
The group is also understood to be applying for planning permission to convert the Bell pub in St Albans to the format and has plans for a site in Milton Keynes.
Earlier this year, Jamie’s Italian was named Brand of the Year by the British Hospitality Association at its annual awards.
Martyn Leek is news editor at BigHospitality's sister publication, M&C Report.