Cafe Fish hooks Manchester Livebait restaurant –

Cafe Fish hooks Manchester Livebait restaurant Published:  06 December, 2011

RICHARD Muir, owner of the prestigious Café Fish in Edinburgh, has bought the highly successful seafood restaurant Livebait in Manchester from Paramount Restaurants.

The deal marks the first declared expansion move by Richard Muir’s new company SBG Restaurants, which he has set up with William Rollason the former executive chairman of Paramount. The company is looking to move into other major cities in the UK Cafe Fish is widely respected among seafood diners in the Edinburgh area.

Mr  Muir said: “We know the Manchester restaurant scene very well having been involved in business within the city for many years – Livebait is a great restaurant in a fabulous location and we look forward to re-energising the offer and providing something a little more funky.”

He plans to keep the name Livebait which is well known among seafood diners in the Manchester area. The kitchen will be headed up by Executive Chef, Dave Spanner who will work with the existing Livebait team.

A  press release said: “The excellent Livebait team including General Manger Ellen O’Donnell who has over 10 years of experience in the Manchester restaurant will all remain. Muir has teamed up with William Rollason the ex Executive Chairman of Paramount Restaurant Group and this is the first acquisition for their new company, SBG Restaurants. The business plan is to secure other central sites in major UK cities with Glasgow, Leeds and London already on their radar.”

It is likely that the Manchester restaurant will undergo  a refurbishment in the spring of next year and a new menu will be introduced.