Manchester’s Pitcher & Piano to become Lola Lo

pitcher piano manchesterEclectic Bar Group is continuing its acquisition programme by taking over the former Pitcher & Piano in Manchester’s Deansgate Locks for conversion into its tiki concept Lola Lo.

It has acquired the lease on the 560-capacity bar (pictured) which has been part of Marston’s Pitcher & Piano chain for the past five years – only a few doors from Eclectic’s Japanese-inspired bar, restaurant and club, Sakura.

It brings the size of Eclectic’s estate up to 20 after several acquisitions over the past few months including Coyote Wild in Derby which is also due to be converted into a Lola Lo.

The Manchester bar will become Eclectic’s Polynesian tiki-themed brand for a launch on December 12. It will open seven days a week from mid-morning until the early hours, offering music and live performances.

The venue is on three levels – lower ground, ground and mezzanine – and features three bars and two DJ booths.

Manchester will be the first Lola Lo to boast a casual-dining operation, the Island Grill, with a menu that includes big skewers, baskets, hot dogs and the teriyaki-glazed Big Kahuna burger.

Last week, Eclectic announced its intention to float on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange.

Lee Nicolson, Eclectic’s operations director, said: “This acquisition reinforces the company’s stated policy to expand at the rate of around two to three sites a year.

“Manchester is a great city. Our nearby Sakura venue is a big success and we are certain that the quality and style associated with the Lola Lo brand will also make a significant contribution to Manchester’s bar scene.”

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