The 275-bedroom Palace hotel in Manchester has appointed the operators of local restaurant Volta to create an all-day, open-plan restaurant bar and lobby experience.
The partnership with Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, owners of West Didsbury-based Volta, marks the latest step in the refurbishment of the Palace hotel, which is part of the wider creation of a new yet-to-be named urban, lifestyle hotel brand by Starwood Capital.
Cowdrey and Crawford will draw on their experience as restaurateurs and DJs to create a venue, which will replace the space previously occupied by the Tempus restaurant, with "energy and effervescence where the food experience is serious but never forced or stiff".
"It's an incredible challenge for Justin and I," said Cowdrey. "We can't wait to roll up our sleeves and get stuck in. We want to create something that the city has never really seen before; an all-day eating and drinking experience in a stunning iconic space which will unite all the clans in Manchester."
Matt Townley, hotel manager at the Palace, said the new restaurant will pave the way for a dining revolution. "Manchester has been waiting for a partnership like this for a while now and we're delighted that our newly refurbished hotel will be able to provide it," he explained. "Justin and Luke are hugely respected, not only in Manchester but also in the UK. We believe they will enable us not only to serve food that is delicious and distinctive, but also to express our local at heart values across food, drink and music."
The Palace and Volta will work with Gorgeous Group to formalise the menu, name and concept, with the details being announced in the summer.
Currently operating under the code name Project 1898, Starwood Group's new city centre brand will launch with the Palace hotel, alongside the George in Edinburgh and the Royal York in York. Around 10 hotels are expected to be incorporated within the brand, including the Hotel Russell in London.