Restaurant opening next stage of firm’s brand roll out

FAST-GROWING Red’s True Barbecue is expanding beyond Leeds with a £1.2m investment in opening a restaurant in Manchester.

The move forms the next stage of the Leeds-born company’s plan to roll out its brand across the UK.

The opening of the Manchester restaurant in February will create more than 85 new jobs, including waiting and kitchen staff, as well as managerial opportunities.

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The company recorded a first year turnover of £3.2m at its Leeds venue, and plans to achieve £4.2m in its first year in Manchester.

James Douglas, co-founder at Red’s, said: “Our site in Leeds, which has 107 covers, serves on average 18,000 diners per month, selling more than 16 tonnes of locally sourced meat, so we’re excited to share this new dining experience with people in Manchester and hope that they too become true believers.”

Red’s was born out of an idea by its founders, Mr Douglas and Scott Munro, to bring the barbecue style of the southern states of the US to Britain.

Mr Douglas and Mr Munro launched the restaurant in Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, at the beginning of September last year.