Aiden Byrne Appointed Chef Director of New D&D Restaurant 20 Stories
Restaurant group D&D London has announced that chef Aiden Byrne has been appointed Chef Director of new Manchester restaurant 20 Stories.
Opening in February 2018, 20 Stories will occupy the 19th floor rooftop of the No.1 Spinningfields building.
The development will feature a restaurant, grill, bar and terrace that will offer unparalleled 360-degree views of Manchester’s city skyline.
Formerly chef patron at Manchester House, Byrne joins D&D with an intimate knowledge of the Manchester area and a wealth of experience, having worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants including Adlards, The Commons Restaurant, Danesfield House and Spa and Tom Aikens restaurant.
The menu at 20 Stories will be modern British, celebrating local produce with suppliers sourced, where possible, from no more than 50 miles from the city. Alongside the restaurant, a more casual brasserie will serve dishes mainly from the grill while the bar will boast a unique list of modern cocktails and craft beers.
Byrne said: “I am thrilled to become part of the D&D family. The space will have something for everyone, with a restaurant, grill and cocktail bar all in one place – and food will have a real focus on the local produce that has always been close to my heart.”
The name, 20 Stories, not only pays homage to the restaurant’s skyscraper location overlooking the city, but also to the original use of the building. Northcliffe House was once renowned as a hub for the printed word and as Manchester’s centre of news, housing a variety of printed press publications such as Manchester Evening News, The Guardian and The Daily Mail.
Chairman and CEO of D&D London, Des Gunewardena, said: “Manchester is a fantastic city and we have watched closely over the last few years the resurgence of the restaurant scene in the city generally and in Spinningfields, in particular.
“20 Stories is a project that we have looked forward to launching with huge anticipation and we couldn’t have asked for a better chef to partner with than Aiden.”