Fazenda founder to open new South American restaurant in former Altrincham post office
Manchester restaurant co-founder Fazenda and Tast will be opening a new South American Rodizio restaurant in the former Post Office unit in Altrincham.
Robert Melman, an Argentinian who now lives in Altrincham, will be opening Jardim on Stamford New Road next month.
This will mean a new lease of life for the Old Post Rooms, the iconic former home of the Altrincham Post Office, which has been unoccupied for over a year.
Previously, the site was relaunched as an independent business center and vintage tea room, and more recently as a furniture store.
Melman is one of the best-known people on the Manchester restaurant scene, having started Fazenda in Leeds in 2010 and opening in Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Birmingham. However, Melman recently left the company behind Fazenda.
Three years ago, Melman also started tapas restaurant Tast on King Street, gaining support from Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Altrincham’s new concept, Jardim (garden in Portuguese), will feature a selection of signature Rodizio meats, but there will also be a “wide choice of lighter options”.
Melman, who partnered with Chris Milner, its COO for almost 10 years, for the new opening, said, “I wanted to create something new where I could again add the personal touch. I love the excitement of bringing together fresh and new ideas and building a team to make it happen. As brands grow, this personality can be lost.
“Jardim has been one of my foreclosure projects and I love the excitement of bringing something new to Altrincham. I had the opportunity to be creative again and loved exploring the perfect blend of Brazilian style cuisine with some from my native Argentina.
“As I never had the chance to say goodbye to my old team, which was like family to me, I think it’s important for them to see that whatever the situation, you can always get away with it. go out, even in the most difficult times. “