• Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte to open a rooftop restaurant with Gary Neville

Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Chotto Matte to open a rooftop restaurant with Gary Neville

12 April 2022 by Deanna Thomas

Gary Neville-owned property company Relentless has agreed a deal for Chotto Matte to occupy the spectacular 20,000sq ft rooftop at the St Michael’s development in Manchester. 

Famed for its innovative cuisine experiences, the global Japanese-Peruvian restaurant has existing venues in Miami and Toronto. Chotto Matte at St Michael’s will be the international brand’s only other UK venue outside of London, whilst new international venues in Doha, San Francisco and Los Angeles are due to open by the end of 2022. 

Chotto Matte specialises in Nikkei cuisine, which blends Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions.  The brand is owned by founder Kurt Zdesar, former European director for Nobu and consultant to Alan Yau for the launch of Hakassan. 

Zdesar said: "We are delighted to continue our expansion plans and allow more people to experience the very best of authentic innovative Nikkei cuisine across the UK. 

“I am personally very excited to bring Chotto Matte to such an ambitious place. I have been monitoring the city's growth for years but never found the right opportunity until now. 

It is only when meeting with Gary Neville and understanding his vision, with Relentless, for this first of a kind development that I felt a great synergy with our brand. 

The city is growing at an exciting pace and timing couldn’t be better for Chotto Matte to bring diversity to the local landscape. I see this new opening as an important part of our international expansion plan.”  

Due to open to the public in Summer 2024, the venue will include a rooftop terrace, overlooking Manchester’s historic Town Hall and boast an interior design scheme by award winning, international architect and designer, Andy Martin.  

Dinner at Chotto Matte is expected to be a highly sensory experience thanks to signature design elements such as open sushi counters, robata grills, table side torched sushi and lava stone. All surrounded by graffiti inspired artwork, and accompanied by live DJs and entertainment, 

St Michael’s has been 14 years in the planning, with the aim of becoming one of Manchester's most anticipated projects which will create around 1,800 jobs. The development will transform a major part of Manchester City Centre, including the creation of a new Public Square. 

“This deal aligns perfectly with our vision for St, Michael’s and the 5* quality we are aspiring to with this project,” says Gary Nevillefrom Relentless. “We are pleased to be bringing this world class, innovative brand to Manchester.” 

St Michael’s is the first real estate investment in Manchester from leading global investment firm KKR, which formed a JV with Relentless last year to deliver the project. The high-quality St Michael’s scheme will bring a major part of Manchester City centre, that is steeped in history, back to life. It will also see the refurbishment of Bootle Street Police Station which has stood empty for over eight years which is important to the wider city’s restoration project following on from the pandemic. 

The scheme is expected to attract new businesses north-shoring to Manchester taking space in the development’s commercial space and the opening of F&B units on both the ground and rooftop with new leisure/restaurant operators providing inward investment into the city as well as jobs for the hospitality sector in the city. 

Dan Davies from Metis Real Estate, consultants for St Michael’s, said: “St Michael’s is a unique scheme and is the perfect setting for Chotto Matte in Manchester. Known for their spectacular locations, I have no doubt the restaurant will be something special once launched and will complement the wider scheme impeccably.”

Chotto Matte at St Michael’s is due to open to the public in Summer 2024.