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Kuits advise on Lyons share of Manchester’s new food and drink spots

30 Jul 2015

Manchester commercial law firm Kuits has had a busy first quarter advising the operators behind some of Manchester’s most exciting hospitality concepts.

The firm’s renowned licensing team, which is led by partner Tony Lyons and was once again awarded top-tier rankings in the Chambers and Legal 500 UK Guides – directories ranking the best law firms and lawyers throughout the world – this year, has been providing dynamic legal and commercial advice to bar and restaurant owners across the city.

The team has secured licences for a plethora of new bars and restaurants opening in the Deansgate area over the next few months, including: Asha’s, a new chic Indian restaurant opening on Peter Street in mid-September; Quill, a luxury restaurant and cocktail bar project from the team behind Didsbury’s Chalk Bar and Grill; El Gato Negro, an acclaimed tapas restaurant set to open later this year on King Street; and the city centre’s second Solita grill restaurant. Kuits is also working with Solita on their new premises in Prestwich.

In Spinningfields, Kuits has advised on the opening of new Leftbank multi-vendor dining concept The Kitchens, The Alchemist’s recent extension, and the recently-announced Rust & Stone, an organic café bar concept from Spinningfields newcomer The Lawn Club, which is opening opposite its parent site later this summer.

Heading east across the city, Kuits has advised on the opening of Infamous Diner from Mark Andrew Developments, the team behind popular city venues Rosylee, Hula and Walrus; Yard and Coop, a dedicated fried chicken restaurant on Edge Street; Pen & Pencil, a new joint venture from the team behind The Violet Hour and NQ neighbour Dry Bar, which will be opening in the former Drip coffee bar; and Turtle Bay, which opened its second Manchester venue in just over a year back in June.

Kuits has also advised on the opening of the new Tampopo and Salvi’s independent Italian delicatessen at the new Corn Exchange.

Tony Lyons, who is supported in the team by senior associate Felicity Tulloch and solicitor Rebecca Ingram, commented: “We work closely with our clients to become their trusted commercial advisors, to the point where we are often seen as an extension of their in-house teams, and use our knowledge, skill and experience to help their businesses grow.

“Increasingly, we are working with colleagues in the corporate, commercial & IP, property and employment teams to provide a one-stop service for our clients, encompassing all of their business needs.”

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