Global Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte will be coming to the spectacular 20,000sq ft rooftop at Gary Neville’s St Michael’s development, which is set to be a hub of music, food, drink, and entertainment.
The brand is founded and owned by Kurt Zdesar, former European director for Nobu and consultant to Alan Yau for the launch of Michelin starred Hakassan.
Chotto Matte specialises in Nikkei cuisine, which blends Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions.
With existing venues in Miami and Toronto, Chotto Matte at St Michael’s will be the brand’s only other UK venue outside of London, whilst new international venues in Doha, San Francisco and Los Angeles are due to open by the end of 2022.
Due to open to the public in Summer 2024, the new venue will include a rooftop terrace overlooking Manchester’s historic Town Hall and boast an interior design scheme by award winning, international architect and designer, Andy Martin.
Featuring Chotto Matte’s signature design elements such as open sushi counters, robata grills, table side torched sushi, lava stone and graffiti inspired artwork, accompanied by live DJs and entertainment, dinner at Chotto Matte is expected to be a highly sensory experience.
14 years in the making, St Michael’s has become one of Manchester’s most anticipated projects creating around 1,800 jobs.
The development will transform a major part of Manchester city centre, including the creation of a new public square.
“This deal aligns perfectly with our vision for St, Michael’s and the 5* quality we are aspiring to with this project,” said Gary Neville from Relentless.
“We are pleased to be bringing this world class, innovative brand to Manchester.”
Founder and owner of Chotto Matte, Kurt Zdesar, said the brand is “delighted to continue our expansion plans and allow more people to experience the very best of authentic innovative Nikkei cuisine across the UK.
“I am personally very excited to bring Chotto Matte to such an ambitious place.
“I have been monitoring the city’s growth for years but never found the right opportunity until now.
“It is only when meeting with Gary Neville and understanding his vision, with Relentless, for this first of a kind development that I felt a great synergy with our brand.
“The city is growing at an exciting pace and timing couldn’t be better for Chotto Matte to bring diversity to the local landscape.
“I see this new opening as an important part of our international expansion plan.”
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St Michael’s is the first real estate investment in Manchester from leading global investment firm KKR, which formed a JV with Relentless last year to deliver the project.
The scheme hopes bring a major part of Manchester city centre, that is steeped in history, back to life.
It will also see the refurbishment of Bootle Street Police Station which has stood empty for over eight years, which is important to the wider city’s restoration project following on from the pandemic.
The scheme is expected to attract new businesses coming to Manchester and the opening of food and drink units on both the ground and rooftop, with new leisure and restaurant operators providing investment into the city as well as jobs for the hospitality sector in the city.
“St Michael’s is a unique scheme and is the perfect setting for Chotto Matte in Manchester,” said Dan Davies from Metis Real Estate, consultants for St Michael’s.
“Known for their spectacular locations, I have no doubt the restaurant will be something special once launched and will complement the wider scheme impeccably.”