El Gato Negro team line up third Manchester restaurant

By Sophie Witts contact

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El Gato Negro's founder Simon Shaw
El Gato Negro's founder Simon Shaw

Related tags: Manchester, Middle eastern cuisine

The team behind Manchester’s well-regarded El Gato Negro restaurant are to launch a new Middle Eastern concept in the city this year.

Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments have taken on the former Pananama Hatty’s site on Brown Street for their third Manchester restaurant.

Shaw says the menu will draw on his travels through the Middle East with ‘authentic flavours inspired by the various regions’.

The currently unnamed restaurant will open this summer.

“The space itself will be open and inviting, similar to El Gato Negro, making guests really feel at ease,” says Shaw. “We’re looking forward to revealing more in the coming months.”

The Middle Eastern concept marks a new direction for Shaw, whose tapas restaurant El Gato Negro relocated to Manchester​ from Ripponden, West Yorkshire after nine years in 2015. It has held a Michelin Bib Gourmand since the 2017 edition of the guide.

The team opened their follow-up project, modern Portuguese restaurant Canto, in Manchester’s Ancoats district​ in October last year.

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