Tapas restaurant El Gato Negro has confirmed the appointment of Phil Bennett as general manager.
The Manchester restaurant was scheduled to open in the autumn but put the opening back to allow for the completion of a refurbishment.
Bennett said: “After time out travelling I felt very open to new opportunities. There was an equal pull between both London and Manchester, where I grew up.
“Manchester’s restaurant culture has changed dramatically in the last 10 years; there is so much happening right now with a real depth of quality in restaurants and bars, so it’s a great time to come back home. I was excited at the chance to work with Simon and was delighted when I got the call. Bringing Garry into the team was a great moment and points to the quality we plan to deliver when introducing El Gato Negro to the city centre.”
The restaurant also announced the appointment of Garry Foy to the position of beverage manager.
Simon Shaw, the restaurant's founder, said: “It’s a rare opportunity to assemble a team that will work together from the very beginning and to make confident staffing decisions with the luxury of time. I’m thrilled to have both Phil and Garry on board and can’t wait for the restaurant to open.”