Grafene is Manchester's latest fine dining closure

By Sophie Witts contact

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Manchester restaurant Grafene closes

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Manchester fine dining restaurant Grafene has closed its doors after less than three years of trading.

The site opened with 190-covers in 2016​ ​and offered "British tapas" plates, an a la carte and seven-course tasting menu.

But owner Paul Roden told the Manchester Evening News​ he and his wife Kathryn were selling the site to another operator, who plans to reopen it as a "high-end gastropub-style" concept.

He said that though the Grafene could serve "over 100 covers on a good night" it had struggled in a "difficult market".

The restaurant shut its doors last weekend, but will reopen at the Roden’s Losehill House Hotel & Spa in the Peak District where it will replace the existing dining offer.

Grafene’s closure follows the demise of two high-profile Manchester fine dining restaurants​ last year.

GG Hospitality closed The Rabbit,​ formerly Michael O’Hare’s The Rabbit in the Moon, in November after the company said trading figures “[did] not justify keeping the operation open”.

Living Ventures also shut Manchester House following “difficult trading”, but the restaurant was bought out of administration​ and relaunched by Aiden Byrne and a group of investors in December.

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