Restaurant group D&D London has announced that Aiden Byrne has been appointed chef director of new restaurant 20 Stories.

20 Stories is scheduled to open in February 2018 and will occupy the 19th floor rooftop of the No.1 Spinningfields building. The 15,263sq ft development will feature a restaurant, grill, bar, and terrace that will offer unparalleled 360-degree views of Manchester’s city skyline.

The menu at 20 Stories will be modern British, celebrating local produce with suppliers sourced, where possible, from no more than 50 miles from the city.  Alongside the restaurant, a more casual brasserie will serve dishes mainly from the grill, while the bar will boast a unique list of modern cocktails and craft beers.

The name, 20 Stories, pays homage to the restaurant’s skyscraper location overlooking the city and to the original use of the building. Northcliffe House was once renowned as a hub for the printed word and as Manchester’s centre of news, housing a variety of printed press publications such as Manchester Evening News, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.

Their design for 20 Stories by award-winning architecture planning and interior design company CetraRuddy will feature a roof top garden with trees and an outdoor lounge bar under a canopy of trees and dramatic lighting.

Outside BBQs and al fresco fireplaces will be dotted along the terrace to create a cosy atmosphere against the backdrop of Manchester’s skyline.

“I am thrilled to become part of the D&D family in January,” said Aiden, who is currently chef patron at Manchester House.

“The space will have something for everyone, with a restaurant, grill and cocktail bar all in one place – and food will have a real focus on the local produce that has always been close to my heart.”

Long-term prodigy Nathaniel Tofan took over as head chef at his city centre collaboration with Living Ventures earlier this year.

“I feel the time is right for Nat to get the recognition he deserves at Manchester House,” said Aiden. “He has been running the show for a long time since I widened my role within Living Ventures and been by my side since the day we opened, so is more than ready to put his own mark on the menu. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with!  I’ve had a great time at Manchester House and am very proud of what we’ve achieved.  I know that the business is in safe hands.”

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