The team behind the Liars Club and Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester is preparing to open a second branch of its Crazy Pedro’s pizza concept and closing in on a third outside the city, MCA has learnt. 

The new branch on Short Street, in the Northern Quarter, is at the back of Black Dog Ballroom and will be bigger than the first with capacity for 150 people.

Co-founder Ross Mackenzie said the gorup was also hunting for more sites in the North East to expand its catalogue of concept. 

Mackenzie said: “We’re very close to securing a third site outside Manchester and we’re looking for other sites both in Manchester and further afield throughout the North West

“Pedro’s is definitely one of the brands we’re focusing on for expansion.”

Crazy Pedro’s, a so-called ‘part-time pizza parlour’ first opened in Bridge Street, in the Spinningfield area of the city, and has attracted publicity for its irreverent toppings such as chips, cheese and gravy, and chicken tikka, poppadums, onion bhajis, which it serves until 4am with mescal, tequila and cocktails.

Under the Black Dog Ballroom collection there are five venues, including the two original venues, plus the Dog Bowl bowling alley, bar and restaurant, The Bunker club and venue, and The Underdog late night venue space. The group, led by Job Ferguson and Ross Mackenzie, also run the Liars Club tiki rum bar, Cane & Grain bar and rib joint.