SPINNINGFIELDS will welcome the healthy Far Eastern-inspired restaurant’s first ever Northern store in January 2016.
Opening just in time for the “New Year New Me” resolution that is made every single year by hundreds, wholesome food brand Itsu will bring its ‘Eat Beautiful’ menu to Hardman Square – in the former Samsi site – on Wednesday, January 27.
With over 50 stores and two restaurants in the South East of England, the popular food chain has set its sights on one of Manchester’s most popular districts ahead of plans to capitalise on the growing trend towards Japanese cuisine following in the footsteps of Wagamamas and Yo Sushi and attain the nationwide presence of its cousin Pret.
The brainchild of Pret a Manger’s early developer, Itsu was founded in 1997, after Julian Metcalfe saw ‘hundreds of skilled people prepare thousands of boxes…always fresh, always delicious, always beautiful, each day’ in the department stores of Japan.
The Spinningfields branch will open with a new hot food menu – ‘miso with benefits.’ The range will include ‘lucky duck,’ ‘chicken rice,’ and ‘dumplings melt’ along with ‘detox miso’ and ‘miso soup.’
Keen to revolutionise fast food Itsu are targeting health-concious Northeners by offering speedy meals that are to be ‘protein packed, low carb’ and fairly guilt free.
Said Takhamt, director of development, said: “Manchester felt like a natural progression for us when deciding our next location.
“The city’s food and drink scene has truly exploded in recent years, offering better quality and more diversity than ever before and we are looking forward to becoming part of that mix.”
By Emma Pearce