Metropolitan Pub Company has acquired The Memorial Hall site, which has previously traded as the Albert Square Chop House, as it looks to expand its gastro pub offer to Manchester.
It has renamed it The Fountain House and will open the site in September. The unit is the first that the London-based pub company has opened in the north of England.
Michael Horan, managing director of Metropolitan Pub Company, said: “We are hoping that the current Albert Square Chop House employees will be staying with us at The Fountain House, where we will spend the summer investing in their training and will look to develop their careers for the future.
“We can’t wait to open our doors to offer customers our premium wine selection and craft beers, alongside fresh, seasonal and innovative premium gastro pub food, including seafood, meat, vegan and vegetarian.”
The Albert Square Chop House was part of Manchester’s independently-owned Chop House brand, which operated three historic sites in the city centre.
The owner is retaining the original two businesses – Mr Thomas’ and Sam’s Chop Houses established by chef Thomas Studd in the 1860s.
The site will undergo an initial investment upgrade, with the intention of opening by the end of September.
Metropolitan Pub Company will close the site over the summer while it invests in the 155-year-old grade two-listed building, which is Thomas Worthington’s Memorial Hall.