Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Spanish restaurant and tapas bar Evuna to open in Altrincham town centre after winning planning permission

By David Prior at

Spanish restaurant, tapas bar and fine wine merchant Evuna has won planning permission to open in the Altrincham town centre unit previously occupied by EAT:kaizen.

The restaurant group, which already has two branches in Manchester – on Deansgate and in the Northern Quarter – as well as one in Knutsford, will now open on Stamford New Road in January.

Inside Evuna’s Northern Quarter restaurant

Founded by mother and daughter team Frances and Jane Dowler, Evuna started as a fine wine house importing Spanish wines from boutique vineyards before opening its first restaurant, on Deansgate, in November 2003.

It had hoped to open sooner but delays relating to the extension of the licensing hours from 8pm to 11pm meant that work to transform the unit will not now begin until tomorrow.

Evuna is looking to open in the former Yorkshire Bank unit by November

Jane Dowler said: “We are really excited to bring Evuna to Altrincham. Our passion is authentic Spanish food and wine and we can’t wait to bring it to Greater Manchester’s most thriving foodie town!

“Looking forward to welcoming the people of Altrincham. Hasta pronto!”

Work on the 55-cover bar and restaurant – which will create 20 jobs – will include installing new bi-fold windows and structural works to extend the kitchen.

Inside Evuna’s recently opened restaurant in Knutsford

Evuna offers a blend of tapas, main courses and paellas, alongside a boutique wine list bought direct from vineyards in Spain.

It also offers a changing, monthly wine focus where customers can try a range of Spanish wines from regions such as Catalunya, Galicia, Rioja or Navarra by the glass.

The Stamford New Road unit has been vacant since healthy eating restaurant EAT:kaizen closed in May.

Three year ago, Evuna won planning permission to open on Ashley Road in Hale – in the unit now taken by The Edit – before encountering issues with the location and deciding to pull out.

Altrincham-based Regional Property Solutions acted on behalf of Evuna.