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‘Peruvian-Japanese restaurant’ will be atop Gary Neville’s St Michael development

A “Peruvian-Japanese” restaurant will crown the new St Michael building, built by former United legend Gary Neville. Chotto Matte will occupy the 20,000 square foot space for its new restaurant space.

Founder Kurt Zdesa, formerly of upmarket chains Nobu and Hakkasan, already owns Chotto Matte restaurants in Miami and Toronto, and this will be the second in the UK outside of London. Other branches are expected to open in Doha, San Francisco and Los Angeles later this year.

The cuisine is called Nikkei and combines Peruvian and Japanese influences. It will open in the summer of 2024 and will feature “open sushi counters, robata grilling, table-side burnt sushi, lava rock-inspired artwork and graffiti.”

Commenting on the arrival of the new restaurant, Gary Neville said: “This agreement aligns perfectly with our vision for St, Michael’s and the five-star quality we aspire to with this project. We are delighted to bring this innovative, world-class brand to Manchester.

Kurt Zdesar added: “We are delighted to continue our expansion plans and enable more people to experience the best of innovative and authentic Nikkei cuisine across the UK.

The St Michael development on Jackson’s Row

“I am personally very happy to bring Chotto Matte to such an ambitious place. I’ve been watching the growth of the city for years, but never found the right opportunity until now.

“It wasn’t until meeting Gary Neville and understanding his vision, along with Relentless, for this first-of-its-kind development that I felt a great synergy with our brand.

“The city is growing at an exciting pace and the timing couldn’t be better for Chotto Matte to bring diversity to the local landscape. I consider this new opening as an important part of our international expansion plan.

Development of St. Michael’s is currently underway via Neville’s construction company Relentless, and is located on Jackson’s Row just between Deansgate and Albert Square, on the site of the former Bootle Street Police Station, although it has undergone a number of iterations during its planning.

The project has been in the works for a decade, with plans at some point to turn it into a five-star boutique hotel. However, it will now include office and apartment space, as well as a large public square.

The project is said to bring £120m of investment to the city and create around 1,800 jobs. It should be finished in 2024.

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