|Restaurante Tripeiro -160 tripe dishes (Pic: Sarah Panzetta)|
There'll also be an English section and local specialities including Lancashire tripe and onions on the menu. Diners will be able to return to the eight live cooking stations to refill their plates as many times as they like for a set price, starting from £14.99 for dinner and £8.50 for lunch.
Opening in September 2017, Restaurante Tripeiro plans to recreate all that was best about British tripe cuisine in the 1960s, with the added 'zing' of world flavours.
Sprawling across three basement floors, the 25,000 sq ft restaurant will seat 350 diners in luxury leather booths in a Wigan-meets-Bolton setting created by Richard Sett-Square, who has previously designed restaurants for The Happy Pygmy chain and for TV chefs Graham Rumsey and Jimmy Fagin. "The whole ambiance will be one of refined relaxation," Sir Norman said. Modelled on a Lisbon restaurant of the same name, "It's a place I wouldn't be ashamed of being seen in myself," he added.
The lower ground floor will be available to hire out for private parties and groups, with four separate areas including Chinese, Japanese and Wigan-themed rooms. "With Brexit pretty much a 'done deal' now, we think people are finally ready to turn to tripe as an economical replacement for continental meats," Sir Norman said.