A local restaurant group is expanding one of its West End brands to the other side of the river.
Johnny Giavos said last week that his group will open the Continental Manchester, an offshoot of the Continental Westhampton.
The Manchester version is leasing space at 609 Hull St. in Thalhimer Realty Partners’ City View Marketplace development.
Next door to the Continental Manchester will be a small market, likely a Stella’s Grocery, the same concept he and his wife Katrina have run at three locations downtown, on Lafayette Street and in Scott’s Addition.
Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.
“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.
“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”
The Giavos’ other holdings include Kuba Kuba, The Sidewalk Cafe, Little Nickel and The Galley.
Giavos said he’s unsure when the new Manchester ventures will open.
The Continental Manchester and the market are leasing about a combined 4,600 square feet in 609 Hull St.
Thalhimer’s Annie O’Connor represented Giavos in the lease. Connie Jordan Nielsen and Alicia Brown, also with Thalhimer, represented the landlord.
City View Marketplace is the latest phase of the larger City View Landing project, Thalhimer’s redevelopment of the former Reynolds South plant. The multiphase, 17-acre project includes hundreds of apartments and a commercial space.
Just under 10,000 square feet of additional retail space remains in City View Marketplace following the Continental Manchester and market deal.