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Manchester City Centre – Appetite for a Delicious New Future

Manchester City Centre is evolving, with lots of exciting new eateries popping up around our beloved city. 2016 will see 27 new Manchester restaurants and bars open, with more new establishments being announced weekly.

2015 marked the start of the most exciting rebirth of Manchester’s much loved King Street. King Street over the past few years has been losing its reign as Manchester’s shopping mecca. Once dubbed as the Bond Street of the North, the much loved street has seen over a third of shops lying empty in recent years. Boasting some of the finest architecture in the city centre, it has been great to see the beautiful area thrive again. City Centre spokesman Coun-Pat Karney invited traders to the town hall to discuss the council’s promising new plans to redevelop the area with a café culture, giving the area a new breath of life.

In 2015 Manchester Evening News article, Karney’s plans were announced, he was quoted:

“King Street has to have a big rethink and reinvent itself and work out where it is in the market place, look at what it is offering. Perhaps it needs more cafes, more of a cafe culture to give people the full experience. We don’t want to see any empty shops. We will not let King Street have a slow long-term decline.”

It seems that the council has managed to save the once doomed street, we have been witnessing the start of Karney’s vision come to life: morphing King Street into a Foodie Hotspot. The start of these plans saw swanky London restaurant Burger and Lobster open at the top end of the street, and acclaimed Spanish restaurant El Gato Negro has also opened, and a new luxury restaurant ‘Quill’ opened in October, with Head Chef Curtis Steward bringing his expertise from having worked in all of the UK’s 150 Michelin starred restaurants. This month also saw the announcement by husband and wife team behind the award winning Peak District restaurant ‘Orangery’ at Loosehill House, announce plans to open a new restaurant ‘Grafene’, Concreting the street into Manchester’s hottest new dining destination.

Reinforcing the city’s food theme is the exciting new development that will take place in a hidden street parallel to Deansgate. The street has just been granted permission to create a permanent street food and drink development which will be named B.EAT Street. The idea for the row of bustling micro diners and bars was thought up by the team behind Manchester’s biggest street parties ‘Friday Food Fight’ and ‘Up in Your Grill’, will be spread over 9,000 sq ft and will house 7 street food traders and 3 bars, and will feature a heated all-weather terrace with a rooftop sun deck and outdoor grill and will daily from 11am to 3am.

B.EAT STREET founder Chris Leigh, speaking to the Manchester Evening News, said: “After a number of successful pop-ups, B.EAT STREET has found a permanent home and we are creating a street serving the best food from around the globe with a great atmosphere and unusual bars.

“We will be announcing the residents of our brand new street very shortly and we can‘t wait to get open in time for summer.”

Summer 2016 will also see the opening of a new micro-brewery: Fundamentum Brewery. After the announcement of a fine dining restaurant ‘Goose Fat and Wild Garlic’ opening in Ancoats later this year, the owners: business partners Scott Martin and Adam Regan have revealed the surprise new addition to their initial venture. The brewery will open alongside the restaurant and will feature large glass walls allowing visitors and passers-by to see the entire brewing process from street level.

Regan told The M.E.N.: “Me and Scott both love craft beer and real ale, I’ve been working as a chef for 15 years and I’ve worked all over Europe and London. I’ve always been around craft beer and it’s a huge passion of mine.”

Manchester based award winning commercial building surveyors Anderton Gables provides commercially aware technical advice across a wide range of market sectors. The commercial property surveyor has offices on Deansgate in the heart of Manchester City Centre.

Manging Director of Anderton Gables, Jonathan Shaw comments

“It is fantastic to see Manchester rejuvenate itself, staying strong whilst battling tougher market conditions. With the strengthening of popularity of internet shopping and other changing market factors seeing the decline in city centre shopping, food establishments are grasping the potential to succeed. As Manchester based commercial building surveyors, we have aided many of our clients take advantage of Manchester’s food revolution.”

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