Mr Cooper's House & Garden to be Simon Rogan's second restaurant at Manchester's Midland hotel
Simon Rogan's second restaurant at the Midland hotel, Manchester is to be called Mr Cooper's House & Garden.
The 150-seat restaurant with 50-cover destination bar will replace the existing Colony restaurant at the four-star, 312-bedroom hotel, owned and operated by QHtoels. It will sit alongside the 50-seat French fine-dining restaurant which Rogan reopened last month to rave reviews.
The £400,000 investment in the refurbishment of the French and the creation of Mr Cooper's marks the first hotel management contract for Rogan, who last year achieved two-Michelin-stars at L'Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria.
Mike Magrane, general manager of the Midland, explained the name of the second restaurant reflected the heritage of the hotel and Manchester as it refers to a Mr Cooper, who was a supplier of fresh, fine foods on the site in 1819.
"The restaurant is going to be much more informal than the French and will appeal to a wider audience," he explained. "It will bring a completely new concept to the market and represent a break away from Simon's current British repertoire by offering a more international flavour ."
Breakfast at Mr Cooper's will be plated and a la carte, replacing the current buffet offering in the Colony, with an additional continental breakfast service being available for to 100 covers taking place in the hotel's Wyvern restaurant and bar.
The Colony will close in the summer for an extensive refurbishment and reopen as Mr Cooper's House & Garden in September.
Magrane said that the French was already proving to be a phenomenal success, with an increase in revenue of 300% prior to Rogan's arrival.
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