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Old August 14th, 2007, 01:09 PM   #121
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Im not quite sure how this one slipped by me (at a guess it's because it's a dross theme bar) but central Manchester now has a Chicago Rock Crack Cafe.

Can anyone guess where this bastion of family values has opened? Peter Street of course! With the nearby Walkabout, Squares and M2 there was only ever going to be one place for it, and the recently deceased Teasers is just across the road. Some say that at night you can see ghostly white figures walking past Teasers, vomiting on their shoes as they did before the venue closed.

'If it's not fun, you are not doing it right!' screams the Chicago Crack Cafe's lively logo, whilst their website boasts that you can "get up close and personal" with the well polished head of Simon Webbe. Yes he is still alive! And yes this is "the place to be".

The Chicago Rock Cafe resides where Life Cafe used to be. Life started, er, life back in 2000 with a cash injection from the Boddingtons Brewery and some hyperactive publicity. Aimed at the 35+ers - a huge mistake since they drink less, and more importantly get pissed and start fights quicker - there was a second venue beneath Life called the Late Rooms, which started out as a smokey, claustrophobic jazz-style venue but which ended it's days as a non-smoking, schizophrenic clubspace. The Late Rooms is now called Studio.

Across the road and Oceana, is still slated to open, but there's a few small legal and technical obstacles. My hopes that this venue would somehow inject a little class in to the area have clearly been dashed, as the only injections will be of morphine for the battle-scarred alcohol victims, vomiting on each other until their Greggs fuelled bodies can leak no more (I jest, Oceana will probably be reasonable and no doubt an improvement on the somewhat sleazy Teasers).

Meanwhile the plans for Jongleurs, rumoured to be moving in to part of the Walkabout, haven't taken hold yet. Which reminds me of a rather funny story that I heard involving Walkabout, a group of tourists sat near an open window and a man taking a p!ss....
http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot....-by-hooch.html
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Old August 14th, 2007, 01:14 PM   #122
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There's a new bar coming to the Printworks!


1. It's managed and owned by the promotions team behind some of Manchesters biggest clubbing events, and the same guys who bring BIG NAME American artists to the UK.
2. It can open till 6:30am seven days a week!


Yup, Lounge 31 is going to be the late night venue of choice in the Printworks.

Could the Printworks be finally going upmarket??? Yes
http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot....lounge-31.html

I would imagine that this bar will possibly be located in the old Hard Rock Casino unit

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Old August 15th, 2007, 12:41 PM   #123
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Looks like Zizzi could be opening there second restaurant in Manchester City Centre at The Triangle an application has gone in for the opening hours and servicing of alcohol

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Premises Licence (New) Proposed trading hours for the playing of recorded music: Mon to Sat 1100 to 0030 Sun 1200 to 0000

Proposed trading hours for the provision of late night refreshment: Mon to Sat 2300 to 0000 Sun 2300 to 2330

Proposed trading hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises: Mon to Sat 1100 to 0000 Sun 1200 to 0000

Proposed opening hours for the premises: Mon to Sat 1100 to 0030 Sun 1200 to 0000

04/09/2007 099385
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Old August 16th, 2007, 06:51 AM   #124
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Has anybody been to Chicago Rock Cafe yet? What did you think? I work there, so it'll be interesting to know...not that it's the kind of place i'd go out to, AT ALL!
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 09:44 PM   #125
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Urbis had Le Mont for several years which garnered praise and brickbats in equal measure. Most of the complaints were about the lack of atmosphere rather than the food but eventually it was forced to close. Perhaps the big autumn news is that the fifth and sixth floor site of Le Mont is to be re-occupied. A venue called The Modern will open in late November. This will be a bar and restaurant offering Grill on the Alley/Restaurant Bar and Grill type fare, rather than the hifalutin’ fodder of Le Mont. The bar will also feature a cocktail menu full of classic drinks with all the recipes predating 1960 – which might seem at odds with the name. Manchester Confidential loves the new moniker though, slick, smooth and full of good marketing opportunities and mimicking the city strapline of ‘orginal and modern’. It’s perfect for Urbis. We just worry about the reluctance of people to use lifts to get to restaurants.
http://www.manchesterconfidential.co..._drink_roundup
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Old August 25th, 2007, 09:43 PM   #126
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J.D. Wetherspoons are going to be opening a new pub in the city it will be at

Wilmslow Park

They will be taking the unit next to the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative shop and the pub will be called Ford Madox Brown



http://www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk/pubfi...tletNumber=758
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Old August 25th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #127
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Good find flange. It's a small site but should be a nice addition to the Oxford rd/Wilmslow rd pub crawl.
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Old August 25th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #128
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Forgot to mention that Ford Madox Brown should apprently open on the 26th November as that is the date that is on the weblink.

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Old August 26th, 2007, 02:47 PM   #129
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Here's bit more on the new all night venue in the Printworks....


- Open seven days/week, noon till 6:30am
- Free membership and private hire available
- Special members only breakfasts server till the early hours
- Four private booths and a separate VIP area
- State of the art sound system with interactive plasma screens throughout the venue
- City centre residents events & weekly live performers


The venue's also looking for bar staff and supervisors, so give them a ring on (0161) 819 4710 for more info....

Keep an eye on the Lounge 31 listing which we'll be when we know more....
http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot....lounge-31.html
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Old August 28th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #130
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The Modern to replace Le Mont at the top of Urbis.

The Modern movement
Urbis had Le Mont for several years which garnered praise and brickbats in equal measure. Most of the complaints were about the lack of atmosphere rather than the food but eventually it was forced to close. Perhaps the big autumn news is that the fifth and sixth floor site of Le Mont is to be re-occupied. A venue called The Modern will open in late November. This will be a bar and restaurant offering Grill on the Alley/Restaurant Bar and Grill type fare, rather than the hifalutiní fodder of Le Mont. The bar will also feature a cocktail menu full of classic drinks with all the recipes predating 1960 Ė which might seem at odds with the name. Manchester Confidential loves the new moniker though, slick, smooth and full of good marketing opportunities and mimicking the city strapline of Ďorginal and moderní. Itís perfect for Urbis. We just worry about the reluctance of people to use lifts to get to restaurants.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 07:09 PM   #131
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From the excellent and evolving Manchester Confidential.

Making an Exhibition
Peter Booth's award-winning and excellent Modern Caterer cafe (275 7497) in the Whitworth Art Gallery has been the best of the visitor attraction dining places in the North for a couple of years now. This is because it's run personally and with love rather than through a big catering company. He's set to expand in October to a site at the back of the hospitals on Upper Brook Street close to Petra restaurant. This will be called Gabriel's Kitchen and like the Whitworth venture also provide seasonally changing menus from fresh produce - locally sourced whenever possible. The breakfasts, soups, simple mains and cakes will no doubt live up to the standard we have come to expect of Booth's cooking. Opening hours will be limited to breakfasts and lunch. Booth provides top food and service for parties and events away from the Gallery too - www.themoderncaterer.co.uk/


Manchester to get a Brazilian
Manchester Confidential is hearing rumours of an extension to the international smorgasbord of food available in the city - reputedly you can eat for thirty days without covering the same style of national cuisine. Well, now it seems we're going to hear the beat of samba rhythms with a Brazilian restaurant and skewed cuts of meats over fire pits. Word is that it's going to be called PAU Brazil and be based on Lever Street in the Northern Quarter opening later this autumn. Confidential is on the case and will bring you the full story asap.

Ning happening
Ning, the beautifully decorated Eastern restaurant on Oldham Street, is celebrating Malaysia's fifty years of independence. This Friday they will host a Malaysian Banquet and Cultural Evening. With a 5 course set meal diners can experience an authentic Malay wedding-style feast as well as Malaysian dance and music, a guest chef, prize draw and much more. The evening commences at 7.30pm and tickets are available at the restaurant priced £25. Call 0161 238 9088 or 07809 566 558 for details.

Disestablishmentarianism
The site of the most expensive restaurant in Manchester, the Establishment on Spring Gardens, is about to be re-occupied by its complete opposite. Karimís (although this name may change) will open in two or three weeks and promises bargain prices on a frankly bizarre mix of cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, British and..er...Norwegian. Possibly not the latter. Sample prices include unlimited seafood at £15 per head and unlimited meat courses and so on from £10. Yes unlimited Ė thatís what Mr Karim said. This isnít a buffet either, as the food is cooked fresh and then brought to the table. Whatever the success of Karimís, at least the management have removed the worst excrescence in an historic Manchester building. The former restaurant knackered the lovely banking room of the former Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank with a purple shrine to vomit in the shape of a circular chipboard structure that Changing Rooms would have been ashamed of.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 09:31 PM   #132
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Peter Booth's award-winning and excellent Modern Caterer cafe (275 7497) in the Whitworth Art Gallery has been the best of the visitor attraction dining places in the North for a couple of years now. This is because it's run personally and with love rather than through a big catering company. He's set to expand in October to a site at the back of the hospitals on Upper Brook Street close to Petra restaurant. This will be called Gabriel's Kitchen and like the Whitworth venture also provide seasonally changing menus from fresh produce - locally sourced whenever possible. The breakfasts, soups, simple mains and cakes will no doubt live up to the standard we have come to expect of Booth's cooking. Opening hours will be limited to breakfasts and lunch. Booth provides top food and service for parties and events away from the Gallery too - www.themoderncaterer.co.uk/
This could be what jrb saw starting to be fitted out he posted it in the retail thread

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The vacant space under the new car park on Upper Brook Street (MRI) is currently being fitted out. Haven't got a clue what's going there.
Thanks GShutty, looks like autumn will be a busy period for new Pubs, Bars, Clubs and Restaurants that will be opening Manchester.
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Looks like we'll definitely be getting a third 'Odd' Bar. Advertisement in the Jobs Section of MEN requiring Assistant to the MD, "to assist very busy female Managing Director of two (soon to be three) successful Manchester bars".
Excellent, now I wonder where this one will pop? Any ideas?
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Old August 31st, 2007, 11:27 AM   #134
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Looks like we'll definitely be getting a third 'Odd' Bar. Advertisement in the Jobs Section of MEN requiring Assistant to the MD, "to assist very busy female Managing Director of two (soon to be three) successful Manchester bars".
Excellent, now I wonder where this one will pop? Any ideas?
great find and great news, pipkin. Can't think where it will be but Odder was a real boost for the Oxford Road area so hopefully it will be in another part of town ripe for expansion. Perhaps in the burbs somewhere.
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Old September 1st, 2007, 03:22 PM   #135
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Barburrito will be opening a second restaurant in Manchester but not at the Arndale as was rumored, they will be opening there second restaurant in The Trafford Centre, they will be located inbetween La Tasca and Pizza Express, hoardings are up around the store now and they are advertising for job on them.
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Grado the new Heathcotes restaurant which will be at Piccadilly will be taking a unit in the City Tower mall they will be taking a unit facing New York Street.

It is Unit D on this plan that Grado will be located at

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(Live Fresh Love Leaf)

A brand new concept in healthy eating and life style.

We are planning a dynamic forward thinking company and are planning to roll out this unique concept throughout the UK.

Leaf is a gourmet salad bar, which offers a healthy, fresh eating experience where customers have the choice to create what they want to eat, and the food is prepared as they order.

As part of our expansion programme we are currently looking to recruit a store manager for our flagship store in Manchester due to open in October 2007.
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NIMBY wankers. This would be by nearest local. Bring it on!

http://www.southmanchesterreporter.c...torey_bar.html

Residents say ĎNo!í to four storey bar

Residents with their placards outside the proposed site on Burton RoadPLANS to convert a derelict butchers into a four-storey bar have been slammed by residents.

The former Hibberts butcherís shop on Burton Road in West Didsbury has been empty for around 20 years.

But proposals have been submitted to the council to turn the premises into a late night bar and music venue.

AdvertisementIf they are approved, the premises would be used on four floors - the basement, ground, first and second floors.

Live music acts could perform there, and the bar would be open up to 1.30am.

Residents say that this would create too much noise and disruption with late-night drinkers, as well as adding to parking problems on the already-crowded streets.

One couple, Nicola Carton and Richard Coles, are rallying residents to oppose the plans. They live on Arley Avenue that runs behind Burton Road.

Nicola, 32, said: "It would be horrendous. Itís bound to create a lot of noise, not just with the music, but with drinkers wandering about in the early hours.

"The roads are always packed around here with parking anyway, and this would just make it worse. Itís just not appropriate for a residential area."

Nicola, a management consultant, added: "Iíve spoken to some elderly people who are really upset that West Didsbury is going to be turned into an Ibiza-style town. We need services for local people, not late-night bars for people that donít even live here."

Barry Aelion, the secretary of West Didsbury Residentsí Association, said that although the association was pleased that someone was Ďtaking an interestí in the site, they do not want the premises to become a late-night bar. He said: "The number of late-night bars in West Didsbury has grown and they have become a problem. Residents complain that they are unable to get a good nightís sleep, as people leave the premises in the early hours of the morning. The noise nuisance associated with bars on Burton Road has reached a critical level. Whilst most of our members would have no objection to a restaurant, they would not welcome another bar, particularly one operating on four floors"

John Leech, MP for Withington who is also a councillor for the Chorlton Park ward which covers Burton Road, said that he had received letters of objection to the plans from several residents.

He said: "It does seem inappropriate that a bar of that size might be on Burton Road. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and take-aways round there already and we donít need any more."

Submissions to the licensing proposals were due to close on Thursday, August 30. Residents have until Thursday, September 6, to submit comments about the planning proposals.
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A little bit more information on the 3rd Odd Bar

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A third Odd Bar is on the way, less than a year after the birth of Odder. Trof, with just two Manchester venues, are playing catch up, but the daddy is still Kro Bar, with a whopping six venues in Manchester (Kro,Kro 2, Piccadilly, Kro Cafe Muse, Old Abbey Inn and Kro Ilva)

Rumoured to be called Oddest, the location of the new bar is still a secret....

Odd Jobs

Fancy working for Odd?

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'Odd' Assistant to the MD. required to assist very busy female Managing Director of two (soon to be three) successful Manchester bars.

Must be able to turn your hand to virtually anything from selling cars to opening bars. An extremely varied role you will be an absolute right hand man/woman to the MD and a professional and very organised approach is definitely required. Computer literacy and experience absolutely essential as is a sense of humour and love of all things daft.

£25K + P.A salary, with more available to the right candidate.

Please write with covering letter and full CV to: JOBS 2 1 Tintern Street Manchester M14 7PS
Not bad!

Odd Web

Until recently Odd was one of the few bars in Manchester not to have a web presence. That's all to change, as they have "a thousand monkeys working on a thousand typewriters", with the aim of producing a website. I took a sneak peek at the site and it looks good!
http://manchester-clubbing.blogspot....ar-on-way.html
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I would ******* love it if the last 2 posts were related and 'Oddest' heads to West Didsbury. Sounds a real possibility to me. Certainly an appropriate location.
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