Opening of a new “Brazilian-Japanese” fusion restaurant on the Artisan site in Spinningfields

A new fusion restaurant mixing Japanese and Brazilian cuisine will take over the former site of the Artisan restaurant in Spinningfields. Called Sakku Samba, the new restaurant is expected to open in June.

It is started by restaurateur Zack Isaak, who runs Fleur Restaurant and Bar in Leeds – dubbed “the most Instagrammable restaurant in Leeds” – and Casa Peri Peri in Wakefield. He also owns restaurant chain Estabulo Rodizio Bar & Grill and will adapt this concept with his sushi restaurant Sakku, also in Leeds, for the new venture, in a first foray into Manchester.

The restaurant will extend over two floors, with a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a dining room upstairs that can accommodate 300 guests. There are also plans for a VIP room and two separate private dining rooms.

Located on North Avenue in Spinningfields, the unit has stood empty for four years since Artisan closed its doors. The development also housed the ill-fated Manchester House.

Both locations, which were run by Living Ventures, closed in 2018, with the company blaming “difficult business” at the time, as well as rising costs and high rents. Manchester House was aiming for a Michelin star when it opened, with chef Aiden Byrne at the helm.

The terrace of the Chotto Matte restaurant in St Michael’s

The new restaurant isn’t the only fusion project blending Japanese and South American styles to open in the city. It was recently announced that Chotto Matte is set to open its first UK restaurant outside of London in 2024.

The Peruvian-Japanese concept restaurant, founded by Hakkasan and Nobu alumnus Kurt Zdesar, will occupy the roof of Gary Neville’s new St Michael development off Deansgate. The restaurant will feature “open sushi counters, robata grilling, table-side burnt sushi, lava rock and graffiti-inspired artwork, accompanied by live DJs and entertainment.”

Meanwhile, Spinningfields is set to get a branch of Thai restaurant Giggling Squid, taking over Carluccio’s former site, although plans to bring upmarket Asian concept Sexy Fish to Armani’s former premises on The Avenue won’t pan out. have not yet materialized.

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