Cafe Istanbul, one of Manchester’s most established and longest running Turkish restaurants, is up for sale.

The 120 cover restaurant on Bridge Street has been serving authentic Turkish and Mediterranean food for almost 40 years since opening its doors in 1980. Now its owner, Sacit Onur, is looking to retire.

Following extensive refurbishment in 2015, Sacit re-launched late-night music venue and private dining area La Gitane in the basement of the restaurant.

The interior of La Gitane was designed by Bernard Carroll who was also responsible for the interiors of Panacea and San Carlo. It has capacity for 60 people and is licensed until 2.30am.

“We’ve lived through so many changes in the city,” says Sacit. “When we opened in 1980 we truly were a cafe which quickly expanded into a restaurant and bar as the sector quickly became more popular.”

Cafe Istanbul is being marketed by Christie & Co at an asking price of £300,000 for the 15 year, free-of-tie leasehold.

“We’re delighted to be marketing such an established and well located site,” said Keith Stringer of Christie & Co. “With an independent basement area in addition to the restaurant, this is a great opportunity to acquire an established and successful site in a superb location.”

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