120 new jobs at Flannels food and drink venues

This summer a new Flannels department store will open in the former Owen Owen building in Liverpool and is set to include four food and drink venues, creating 120 new jobs. Tony McDonough reports

Bacino, an Italian food outlet planned for the Flannels store in Liverpool


Four new food and drink venues will be included in the new 120,000 sq ft Flannels department store due to open in Liverpool this summer in plans that will see the creation of 120 new jobs.

Flannels will take over the Owen Owen building in Parker Street and will sell fashion, sportswear and beauty products across six floors as well as housing a new Barry’s UK fitness studio.

Owen Owen itself was a department store that relocated to the building from London Road in 1924. Despite various owners and incarnations the store closed its doors for the final time in 2007. Since then the building has been home to a Tesco Metro, Sports Direct and Superdrug.

Now leisure operator Zanna Hospitality Group will operate the four food and drink venues included in the scheme. On the ground floor, Bacino will introduce “modern Italian cuisine” and will offer brunches as well as pizzas, pasta, aperitivo cocktails, coffees and desserts.

On the sixth floor three additional venues will open this autumn featuring a rooftop brasserie, bar and  Pan Asian Restaurant. With their own entrance, the sixth floor venues will open outside of store hours and boast views across the city.


Image of the new Flannels department store in Liverpool
Image of the inside of the new Flannels store in Liverpool


The Pan-Asian restaurant will feature an open kitchen where diners will be able to watch chefs cook over the open flames of the robata grill, craft fresh sashimi and work with seasonal ingredients to create Asian-inspired dishes. The bar will feature DJs every weekend.

Zanna is the operator of the number of existing hospitality brands including Evelyn’s Café Bar, Gooey, Mughli Charcoal Pit, Les Deux Pizza Bar, Arlo’s, The Daisy and a number of Flannel’s most recent dining venues – Sienna Kitchen and Bar in Sheffield and Cafe Clo in Leicester.

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Sax Arshad, managing director of Zanna Group, said: “We’ve been looking to open in Liverpool for a while now, it’s such a vibrant city with an exciting food and drink scene that we’ve always wanted to be part of. 

“This unique space has given us the opportunity to bring not just one but four new concepts to the city. Each of our spaces will offer something slightly different – from a work space to a late night party venue, they’ll be something for everyone and we can not wait to open the doors later this year and welcome the city in.”

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