Following on from our news story in January 2012, it's been confirmed that work is to start soon on a new Zizzi restaurant, Nando's Chicken, Morrisons supermarket and 157 room Travelodge in the Piccadilly Gardens building which housed Nobles Arcade. When Michael Noble died in 2006, the company he co-owned with brother Philip was split. His wife, Gill, inherited most of the group's properties, whilst his brother kept all the company's businesses, including Nobles Amusements. Following a bitter court battle, Gill's property company has now evicted Philip's amusement arcade to make way for the profitable development. ~ 25th Jan
We were deeply saddened to learn that Santiago,
the wonderful Chilean restaurant on Cross Street,
is to close down on the 17th January, barely a year
since brothers Eduardo and Luis changed the concept
from Leoni's, the Italian, Spanish and Latin cellar
which they had operated for many years.
Leoni's had graced this back street basement for 35
years but a host of new modern Italian eateries cost
them dear and whilst the Chilean concept was more successful,
it came too late for the friendly brothers. Along with
the best Pisco Sours in town, they will be sadly missed.
The third largest Pizza delivery chain in the US, Papa John’s, is set to open its first branch in Manchester city centre (they also have one in Sale), taking over the unit vacated by The Laundry Shop dry cleaners in Peter House, next to Don Giovannis, on Oxford Road. They are due to open in the coming weeks. ~ 25 Jan
Taps, the pour your own beer restaurant is currently being refurbished and looks set to reopen as a new burgers and ribs restaurant, one of many that seem to be springing up all over the city. ~ 23 Jan