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On your Marcs: Pierre White ready to bring slice of States to Salford with new MediaCityUK restaurant

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will rustle up a brand new restaurant in the Holiday Inn at MediaCityUK in October – bringing New York-style grub from Queens to the Quays.

Marco’s New York Italian will be the cornerstone of a £200,000 refurbishment in the thriving Manchester hotspot.

The restaurant, which will serve Marco’s spin on American-Italian food, will add a pinch of glamour to the area, which is the base for the BBC.

Managing Director of MediaCityUK Stephen Wild said: “This announcement is great news as it not only strengthens the appeal of the hotel but will complement the steadily growing number of restaurants and bars opening here, which is establishing MediaCityUK as a go-to leisure destination.

“The presence of a Marco Pierre White restaurant will bring an exciting vibe to the mix and will sit well with those looking to do business in a relaxed setting as well as among visitors taking in the many attractions on our doorstep.”

There will be room for 165 diners at Marco’s with a selection of fresh pastas, steaks, seafood and burgers on offer.

This follows a deal between Black & White Franchising and Tower Hotel Management, which will run the new restaurant under a franchise agreement.

The aim is to the bring a portion of New York hubbub to Greater Manchester as Marco prepares to roll out his Steakhouse Bar & Grill and New York Italian brands across the UK.

Nick Taplin, managing director at Black & White Franchising, said: “We have an ambitious roll out programme for both the New York Italian and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill concepts so it’s great to have completed this deal and be opening our first Manchester restaurant in the heart of the exciting MediaCityUK destination.

“The idea behind this restaurant is to create an environment where people can sit and enjoy their life, where diners can have a good time and enjoy traditional Italian favourites at any time of the day.

“This new restaurant is all about providing a place where people can go for some nice food and a nice bottle of wine in a relaxed, affordable and friendly setting.”

Leeds-born Marco, 52, known as the godfather of modern cooking, was once the youngest chef ever to have been awarded three Michelin stars.

He retired as a working head chef 15 years ago and has embarked on a television career ever since, most notably, on ITV’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Image courtesy of Martin Sylvester and Knorrrecipes via YouTube with thanks

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