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Gary Usher group to open sixth restaurant in February

The sixth restaurant in the Elite Bistros group, Kala is set to open in Manchester city centre in February next year.

The 55-cover restaurant will be open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. It also will feature a separate 15-cover bar area.

Headed by Zhelyazko Zhelyazkov, or ‘Jiji’, who has previously worked at the two Michelin Star Moor Hall and Raby Hunt, the menu will feature bistro-style dishes, such as burrata, beef tartare, braised featherblade, a monkfish, spinach and tomato fondue, apple tart and crème caramel, as well as bread baked on-site, and Elite Bistro’s famed truffle and parmesan chips.

The restaurant will also offer an all-day menu at the bar, featuring small, simple and delicious British dishes, such as pigs head sausage roll and pickled eggs.

Managed by Katy Mills, formerly Assistant Manager at Wreckfish in Liverpool, the bistro will have an open kitchen and ‘pastry pass’, where guests will be able to watch the signature tarts being made.

Usher commented, “When I worked at Room on King Street 15 years ago, I never would have imagined that I would be opening a restaurant here myself. It has always been a dream to have a bistro in Manchester, but the money has just never been there so when this opportunity for Kala came along, I just couldn’t pass it up.

“Kala will retain our core values- great food, a lovely atmosphere and brilliant customer service but I think guests will have a little bit of a different experience here than at the other bistros. The interiors will be a little bit more modern than the other restaurants but still have that really lovely, comfortable vibe.

“I’m really excited for guests to see the bar space. We’ve put our heart and soul into making it a place where you really want to spend some time- whether you’re dining alone or with friends and family.”