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Gary Usher’s KALA to launch in February

KALA, the sixth restaurant in the Elite Bistro’s group owned by chef Gary Usher, is set to open on Manchester city centre’s King Street, in February 2019 with all day dining and a separate bar space.

KALA will be a 55-cover restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a separate 15-cover bar space available for customers to enjoy a drink, its take on British bar snacks or the a la carte menu.

Headed by Zhelyazko Zhelyazkov, or ‘Jiji’, who has previously worked at the two Michelin star Moor Hall and Raby Hunt, the KALA 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 city centre restaurant will also offer an all day menu at the bar, featuring British dishes, such as pig’s head sausage roll and pickled eggs.

Managed by Katy Mills, formerly assistant manager at Wreckfish in Liverpool, the restaurant will feature a more contemporary interior than Usher’s other bistros, with an onyx-coloured pillar in the centre and polished concrete flooring. As well as the separate bar, which will feature plush bar stools, the bistro will have an open kitchen and ‘pastry pass’, where guests will be able to watch the signature tarts being made.

Elite Bistro’s recently opened its fifth restaurant, Pinion, in Prescot, Merseyside, following a crowdfunding campaign, which saw £50k raised in less than an hour.

Gary Usher said: “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.”

He added: “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.”

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