Major bar operator revives plans for Nottingham cocktail bar

Bar operator Arc Inspirations looks set to finally open one of its Manahatta bars in Nottingham – a year after scrapping plans to open on the city’s Victoria Street.

The facade on Queen Street

The company has submitted plans to launch at The Frontage on Queen Street and submitted plans to transform the listed building’s basement and ground floor.

Planning documents say there is “real momentum” to open the Manahatta bar as soon as possible, following the success of its Box bar on Thurland Street in the town.

The documents add: “The internal changes will provide subtle improvements to the facility, delivering a high-quality, traditional look that reflects the well-known branding and operational requirements of our customers. It is important that the changes fully respect the listed buildings status and will ensure that the historic significance of the Grade II listed building is not compromised – and indeed that its historic grandeur and charm is sensitively restored and displayed.”

Frontage was formerly a Red’s True Barbecue.

ARC Inspirations is based in the North of England and operates three brands: Box; Manahatta; and Banyan. It has 18 seats in total.

Last year, the company pulled out of opening one of Nottingham’s Manahatta cocktail bars.

The proposed bar is set to create 100 jobs in the city after the Arc submitted a planning application to transform the former French Connection Grade II listed unit on Victoria Street.

However, around 10 months after the planning application was submitted, Arc abandoned the idea.

A spokesperson for Arc Inspirations said: “We have taken the decision to withdraw our application to open Manahatta on Victoria Street. Despite the support of the council and positive discussions with the Listed Buildings Team, there were some issues with the status of the listed building that we were unable to resolve.”

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