From outside, the unassuming office block at 12 Spinningfields could belong to a legal practice or insurance company.
But step inside and what you’ll find Tower 12 is home to a Living Ventures double bill that is anything but ordinary.
Headed by former TV Masterchef Aiden Byrne, Manchester House is a restaurant with ambitions even taller than Tower 12 itself.
Living Ventures have already created the type of restaurant that is in short supply in Manchester, with a menu to rival the best in the UK for food at the cutting edge. Now they are hoping to cement that reputation by becoming city’s very first Michelin-starred restaurant.
The Manchester Evening News described the menu as ‘eye popping’ – and it’s no wonder. The dishes reportedly spent a year in development before finally being unleashed on the public.
“We weren’t prepared to go down that old-fashioned, white linen tablecloth route, we want to make fine dining accessible to Mancunians,” Aiden told the newspaper. “It’s all about the entertainment, we want to excite people, give them something completely different. Just sitting down and having a load of food is not enough anymore, people need to be entertained.”
Perched on the 12th floor of the same building and boasting ‘the look and feel of a movie star’s pad’ the restaurant’s accompanying lounge bar will also be right up the discerning Mancunian’s street.
It’s slick, monochromatic design is dramatic, decadent and boasting the best wraparound views of Manchester you’ll find without, traipsing up the Beetham Tower.
So where does Blacka Installations fit into all this? Naturally, the Living Ventures team wanted only the very best sound system for bar and restaurant alike. A sophisticated combination of zone controllers allows for complete control over volume in each of the restaurant and bar’s separate areas, each of which is kitted out with Blacka’s famous TB range of speakers named after Living Ventures’ very own Tim Bacon.