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Grafene restaurant to close as new operator steps in

Top 100 restaurant Grafene has closed in Manchester.

The 190-cover, modern British restaurant – which opened in July 2016 after a £1m transformation of the formerly Brasserie Blanc site on Chapel Walks – closed its doors this weekend, as a new operator moves in to take over.

Speaking to Confidential, owner Paul Roden said that he and his wife Kathryn plan to move the brand to their award-winning Peak District hotel and restaurant, Losehill House.

“We’re moving Grafene to the Peak District. That way we can maintain the brand that we are very attached to and it will give us the chance to give a higher profile to the restaurant there. We want to pitch this as a positive. Grafene will continue but in a new location and that is exciting going forward.”

Speaking of the new operators, Roden said plans involved “a high quality gastropub food with live entertainment and real ale… with a much broader offer which we think will better suit the scale of the unit and the Manchester market.”

Grafene will be removed from the Top 100 list and replaced with another restaurant following a panel meeting.

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