The new restaurant will be across three floors and include an all season al fresco dining area and an open finishing kitchen, where diners will experience the theatre and pace of authentic tapas.
El Gato Negro has been based in Ripponden, West Yorkshire, for nine years, but is relocating to Manchester this year in an attempt to grow the business.
Founder and chef patron Simon Shaw said: “Bringing El Gato Negro to Manchester is a timely opportunity to showcase a broader selection of the dishes and wines I’m so passionate about. There’s a massive resurgence in the new British wave of Spanish restaurants and we want to go further with the dining experience we pioneered almost 10 years ago.
“The redevelopment of King Street, one of Manchester’s most iconic addresses, presents us with the unique opportunity not only to bring El Gato Negro to Manchester but to play a significant role in shaping the heart of the city.
“52 King Street is the perfect destination for us. It’s a fantastic building – inviting and airy with great ceiling heights that are so very typical of a traditional tapas bar – it feels like it was made for El Gato Negro.”
The tapas restaurant launched in 2005 and has won the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand for the past two years running.
El Gato Negro Manchester is a partnership between Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments Ltd and will open in late Summer 2015.