Cultureplex brought to Manchester from the people behind London restaurant, BISTROTHEQUE.
CULTUREPLEX, a new social and cultural destination featuring a restaurant, lounge, coffee counter, events spaces with outdoor terraces, and cinema to be opened in July 2019.
Located on the edge of Manchester’s Northern Quarter on the Western end of Ducie Street, CULTUREPLEX overlooks the Piccadilly Basin in a former goods warehouse, becoming the latest of the city’s heritage buildings to take on a new purpose.
Brought to Manchester by BISTROTHEQUE founders Pablo Flack and David Waddington comes a coffee counter, Klatch, serving fresh, healthy food and juices by day, then natural wines and craft beer by night. A vast central all-day space to work, lounge and dining, plus 80-seater restaurant BISTROTHEQUE with an expansive open kitchen, a small but highly specced Mini Cini and three adaptable meeting and event spaces for more selective gatherings, complete the ground floor of the building.
CULTUREPLEX’s interiors are designed by Loren Day from New York based studio, LOVEISENOUGH. Housed in an old goods warehouse, the interior design sets out to celebrate the industrial heritage of the building leaving original structural features intact, bringing rejuvenation and restoration to the forefront of the project.
The interior space, akin to a public square, takes inspiration from Manchester’s great libraries and halls, traditionally seen as places of aspiration, democracy and community. CULTUREPLEX subtly borrows from a ‘transportation’ vernacular with references to train stations, thus lighting on a civil scale, Ketley brick quarry pavers and a series of timber-panelled walls that integrate benches, tables and charging stations for people on the go.
Working with northern artisans for furnishings and bespoke pieces, such as Liverpool’s Granby Workshop, rug designers Knot Collective, Darwen Terracotta on the bespoke glazed tiling of Klatch and Ketley Brick for quarry floor tiles, the team at CULTUREPLEX celebrate the roots of innovation and development of Northern industry.
Food and Drink
There are different layers to the food and drink offer at CULTUREPLEX with guests able to interact with whichever suits their disposition at any given time. On arrival is Klatch, a coffee counter by day with a ready to go offer serving Mortadella Toasties’ and Banana Loaf that flips into a craft beer and natural wine stand by night.
Along the rear, arched elevation will be BISTROTHEQUE, CULTUREPLEX’s full-service restaurant. BISTROTHEQUE’s ethos has always been to offer uncomplicated good food, drink and service with common sense and good taste and the Manchester offshoot will be no different.
BISTROTHEQUE will be open for dinner seven days a week and a brunch offering at weekends, with all menus under the exacting eye of Chef Director Blaine Duffy.
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