Tim Bacon, the entrepreneur behind Living Ventures, is lining up two more bar-restaurant openings in Manchester – the Alchemist and a concept with a working title of “Australasia”. Both businesses will be launched through a new vehicle called the New World Bar Company. It also includes the Red Door and Suburbia bar-nightclubs. The Alchemist, a bar operation with a 50-cover restaurant and open kitchen, is described as a “modern bar for a modern city” and will open this autumn. It will major on professional, embracing and friendly service with good food and drink served in a great environment, said Bacon. It will feature nine-metre high ceilings with racks of bottles accessed by staff via ladders. The 8,000sq ft Australasia will include a 70-cover all-day brasserie on the groundfloor plus a more upscale 300-cover restaurant and cocktail bar in the basement. Bacon said the food would encompass pan Asian and modern Australian cooking with an extensive New World wine list. Both the Alchemist and Australasia will be located on Spinningfield Square just off Manchester’s Deansgate. Bacon’s Living Ventures operations, which are 40% owned by The Restaurant Group, include Gusto, the Italian casual dining restaurant chain borne out of Est Est Est and the niche Blackhouse Grill steak and seafood chain.