Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Exclusive: The Hale Grill closes with immediate effect after acquisition by French restaurant chain

By David Prior at

The Hale Grill restaurant in Hale village has closed with immediate effect.

Staff were this morning told that the restaurant, which has been a fixture on Ashley Road for over a decade, would be closing down.

Owner Living Ventures has confirmed to Altrincham Today that the restaurant has indeed shut after “a strategic review”.

A statement read: “Living Ventures can announce that The Hale Grill has ceased trading as of Monday 19th September, the closure follows a strategic review of the Blackhouse brand. The Hale Grill has had 10 great years in Hale and Living Ventures are confident that all of the team from the restaurant will be re-housed in other Living Ventures venues.”

It’s understood that Côte, the French restaurant chain, has acquired the site and will begin a renovation, although we have yet to receive official confirmation from the company.

Côte Brasserie on St Mary's Street in Manchester

Côte Brasserie on St Mary’s Street in Manchester

Côte describes itself as “inspired by the brasseries of Paris” and operates over 70 restaurants throughout the UK.

It was launched by a quartet of investors, including serial restaurateur Richard Caring, in Wimbledon in 2007 and grew to 45 sites before being sold to Close Brothers Private Equity in 2013 for a reported £100m.

It continued to expand and in 2015 was sold for a reported £250m to current owner, private equity firm BC Partners, in July 2015.

Côte’s menu offers classics dishes such as steak frites, moules marinières and corn fed chicken from the heart of rural Brittany, alongside lighter dishes such as tuna nicoise. Crème caramel and crème brûlée are house specialities for dessert. Restaurants are usually open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Most of its restaurants are in London (over 40) but it does have existing sites in Manchester and Liverpool.