Saddleworth entrepreneur extends restaurant empire in Manchester

A Saddleworth businessman is throwing open the doors to his latest mouth-watering venture as he adds yet another bar and restaurant to his blooming empire.

Martin Wolstencroft CEO

Arc Inspirations, headed by CEO Martin Wolstencroft, has invested £1.6million into its second Banyan Bar & Kitchen, which is due to open this summer in Spinningfields in Manchester.
The bar will extend over an impressive 7,000 square foot, accommodating 230 covers and creating 50 full and part-time jobs, and it will be open seven days a week until 2am.
Guests can expect a sophisticated all new-look, following an innovative detailed design from architects KPP in collaboration with reputable local designers No Chintz.
This latest expansion brings their Banyan Bar & Kitchens to eight in the north of England, in-cluding one at the Corn Exchange near Manchester Victoria train station.
Established in 1999, Arc Inspirations now operates 16 bars under the brands Banyan Bar & Kitchen, Manahatta, the Pit and Arc and The Box.
Former Saddleworth School pupil Martin set up the company with business partner Chris Ure and they took a gamble on their first venue The Arc in Headingley, Leeds.
Martin said: “The success of our Corn Exchange venue and increased demand for the brand has meant we can branch Banyan across the north of England and beyond.
“We’ve worked with contemporary designers No Chintz who are elevating and reforming the brand to take it to the next level.

Banyan bar in Ilkley

“Guests will see a real difference compared with Corn Exchange, and we know Banyan is going to ooze sophistication and be a fantastic addition to the vibrant Spinningfields area.
“Our rapid expansion in Manchester continues to reinforce our reputation and position as pi-oneers of innovating drinking and dining experiences in the north of England.
“We’re set for a phenomenal year of growth, and we can’t wait to show the city of Manchester and beyond what we do best – no one does it better.”
And Martin, who is married to Suzanne and is dad to Josef and Pippa, prides himself on keeping his Saddleworth roots bedded into his business.
He explained: “We employ lots of people from Saddleworth, particularly students at Leeds university. Some have gone on to be very successful with us and have great careers.
“I’m settled in Leeds but I still class Saddleworth as home. My parents live in Dobcross and I love reading the Saddleworth Independent every month.”
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