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Solita heads to Preston and Manchester

Solita - Prestwich

Exciting times ahead for Manchester’s busiest restaurateurs

Manchester restaurant group, Solita, continues its expansion with the announcement today that it has bought The Olive Press and Heathcote’s Brasserie in Preston, from celebrated chef Paul Heathcote, and will merge both to create the biggest branch of Solita yet.

A major refurbishment will start next month, which will include a new bar area, private dining rooms, new kitchens and a bespoke meat ageing room.

Co-owners Franco Sotgiu and Simon Pogson said ‘We’ve been keen to expand North and Preston has always been one of our target cities; when Paul asked us if we’d be interested in the site we did the deal in a matter of days. We feel Preston has massive potential and are keen to bring our style of exciting food there as soon as possible.’

It’s been a busy year so far for Solita with their acquisition and refurbishment of Montpellier’s bar in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and the eagerly awaited launch of their new Solita Steakhouse in Manchester’s Barton Arcade this summer.

The team also recently announced a second secured Prestwich site, which is rumoured to be a wood fired pizza and craft beer concept due to open in the autumn.

Solita are also targeting sites for 2017 including Leeds and Liverpool.