Manchester-based operator Mission Mars has acquired the Hub Alehouse & Kitchen in Liverpool City Centre on a leasehold basis, from Bistro Qui?

It will be the twelfth site for Mission Mars, and its second in Liverpool. The operator behind Albert’s Schloss acquired the former CAU site in Liverpool last autumn, to open its Rudy’s Pizza concept.

The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen comprises a restaurant on the ground and lower ground floors of the Grade II listed building, located at the junction of Duke Street and Hanover Street.

Liverpool-based Bistro Qui? Ltd instructed Christie & Co to dispose of three of its sites last September: The Hub and The Refinery, Kitchen Bar & Live Music venue in Liverpool and Bistro Jacques – a French restaurant in Shrewsbury.

Previous owner, Mark Friend, owner of Bistro Qui? Limited, said: “We wish the new owners every success with The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen and we are sure they can take this site to a new level that will please the existing team and the clientele alike.”

Tom O’Malley, senior business agent at Christie & Co who handled the sale, added: “We’re delighted to have brokered an agreement with Mission Mars and we’re confident that the business will prove to be a successful addition to their growing portfolio.

“This deal stands as testament to the demand for high quality bars and restaurants in key city centres throughout the North West, as well as to the appetite of both regional and national purchasers.”

The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen was sold on a leasehold basis off an asking price of £750,000.