Mission Mars, the bar operator behind Manchester-based bars such as Trof and Albert’s Schloss, has bought a stake in local pizza concept Rudy’s, with plans to expand the business.

The first Rudy’s was opened in Ancoats in 2015 by couple Jim Morgan and Kate Wilson.

The team behind Mission Mars, which includes Revolution Vodka Bar co-founders Neil Macleod and Roy Ellis, has not disclosed the size of its stake but Morgan and Wilson remain as shareholders.

It is thought that a second site for the concept has already been lined up in Petersfield House on Manchester’s Peter Street, just up the road from Albert’s Schloss.

Wilson told the Manchester Evening News: “We have been astounded by the response to Rudy’s over the past year and half and in many ways we were not quite prepared for it. By joining Mission Mars we will be able to continue to fulfil the demand of our wonderful customers with the support and guidance of an established and well-loved operator.”

The operators of Manchester Bavarian-style beer hall Albert’s Schloss are looking at large scale sites in London.

Director Adelaide Winter told MCA last November that the group had some distinct possibilities for the Alpine style brand, which specialises in a large range of pilsner, German style casual dining and evening entertainment.

The 320-cover space was launched in the second of 2015 and came out of a partnership between the Trof Group, operators of the Albert Hall music venue, Trof, Def Institute and Gorilla, and Macleod and Ellis.

Winter said the partnership gave the group greater business experience and appeal to investors.