Soho House, the Nick Jones-led group, is believed to have lined up Manchester as the first location for the opening of its new Mollie’s Motel format.
MCA understands, that the group plans to launch the new format, which has been developed as part of its Rollout Restaurants joint venture, will form part of Allied London’s £1.2bn regeneration of the Old Granada Studios property in the city.
The concept is based on an American roadside motel and diner, and was earlier this year mooted for a launch just off the A420 outside Oxford, after Soho House submitting plans to open a 79-room motel at Buckland service station near Faringdon.
MCA revealed last February that Rollout Restaurants, the Soho House joint venture, was developing the concept under the working title of Mollie’s - Motel, Diner, Store.
It is thought that Soho House may also look to introduce the format into its long-mooted development on Brighton’s seafront.
Late last year, a Brighton development set to feature restaurants, cafes and a private members’ club from the company was given permission after a five-year battle.
The plan will see seven vacant units on the seafront demolished and replaced by two structures – one featuring cafes, takeaways and restaurants, with the other given over to Soho House.
Earlier this week, Soho House announced it has signed a new agreement with Permira Debt Managers (PDM), the debt management and advisory arm of Permira, to refinance its existing debt and support its future growth.
The funding, which is being provided and arranged by PDM funds as well as a PDM co-investor, comprise of a £275m private senior secured loan as well as an additional £100m which will be potentially available to finance further global expansion of the business.