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Friday night party pictures: Thomas Restaurant & Rags to Bitches

Hard hats and Charleston at opening event

Published on March 15th 2010.


Friday night party pictures: Thomas Restaurant & Rags to Bitches

Gordo was on the couch, not feeling too clever. 7.30pm on Friday, he was supposed to be at the launch of Thomas, the new restaurant being opened by the team that has brought us Soup Kitchen, The Bay Horse, a rejuvenated Cord and now, Thomas. On Thomas Street. Joanna Simpson from Life PR came on the phone, screaming at him.

35 minutes later he walks into a restaurant shell, with no tables or chairs and concrete floors. Proprietor Nicky Rybka-Goldminer gave Gordo a hard hat and a bottle of beer.

"Sorry Gordo, the gas people have messed up, we open next week but decided to have the party anyway."

Now, from what Gordo could tell, the space, designed by partner in the business Paul Astill, was looking promising. The menu, even more so, after spending 20 minutes salivating over it. It seems brilliantly constructed. It looks at first glance like another Restaurant-Bar-Grill-Pizzeria-Modern-Fucking-Brit clone. On closer inspection, it is Northern-Brit with a couple of solid ideas well thought-out. You can add a 4oz fillet to your 8oz rib eye for example, whilst the lamb comes with Stones gravy. There are kids' meals, you can get a good sandwich if you are just gaff-hopping and there is an interesting asparagus and roasted Jersey Royal potato salad; you can take any starter and main, or main and pudding, between noon to 6pm for £11.95.

Moving on to the fifth birthday party at Rags to Bitches up the road, Gordo found himself knocking back vodka and dandelion and burdock courtesy of Flic Everett (our occasional correspondent, and her old man, Simon Buckley). The party was utterly charming. Jessica and Charlotte, the Harvey Nichols birds, were chatting up Gordo, dead fit they were an' all. Roz Hughes told Gordo she loved his Twitters. Roz's Twitters were looking good to Gordo as it happens.

Flic had found two fabulous acts to entertain the troops. Terry and Pam, aka Katz Korner, a dapper couple who gave us all a lesson in how to dance; if Gordo ever gets to move into his later years in a partnership as fabulous as Terry and Pam, he will go to his grave with a great big smile across his face. Pam, you my love, are absolute class. Gordo's old pal Terry isn't so bad either.

Next came The Jessie Rose Trip. Jessica Rose Hancock, James Wood and Jonathan Thomas who did a superb set and gave us to a preview of their latest single, out on 22 March, 'You Won't Forget Me Boy'. If Gordo was a few years younger, he wouldn't be forgetting Jessie, that's for sure. Try to help this team hit the top 40, go to www.myspace.com they deserve it and you won't be wasting your money.

Rags to Bitches is a wonderfully individual place and Flic and Simon rent it out for parties. Gordo is going to treat the Confidential Heroes to one.

Gordo finished up at The Black Dog Ballroom, where Gordo got ripped to pieces by owner Jobe Ferguson's dad on the pool tables. Gordo must remember that good rum and pool don't mix. It was still buzzing at 3.30am with a great non-testosterone crowd. This is the quintessential Manchester Club. Well done Jobe, Ross and the crew. The Northern Quarter is on the up.

It was great to see some old friends at both parties, Gordo has missed you all. It's time for more, let's blow the recession cobwebs away.

Thomas: 0161 839 7033
Rags To Bitches: 0161 835 9265
Black Dog Ballroom:
Katz Korner: info@katz-korner.com

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jessica13189March 16th 2010.

Chatting you up Gordo? Gosh, I must have had one too many Dandelion and Burdocks...

SamJonesMarch 16th 2010.

Ha you defo were chatting him up. Im still a bit hungover from this night now

simonbMarch 16th 2010.

the dandelion & burdock was very strong

AgricolaMarch 17th 2010.

I went to both. Rags to Bitches was the winner. Although Thomas was intriguing. I think Rags to Bitches should a fiver entry for food, booze and admin and run Manchester's city centre house party every month, invite only.

AnonymousMarch 17th 2010.

As a regular user for a long time I just wanted to say I'm a bit disapointed with the site at the moment and have been for a while. The re-hashing of old stories is a bit annoying, restaurant reviews are no-where near as good as they used to be, there's no big stories centering around the votes like it used to be. It just seems we're getting less nowadays, albeit in a nicer wrapping. Too many articles like this and this isn't inverted snobbery but I don't really care about these kind of events, and I think most would agree with that. I don't really care about who knows who and who plays pool with someone's dad, too many names that won't ever mean anything to 99% of people as we go out to enjoy ourselves and not to kiss ass. In this article there's about 10 name drops, it's more like Cheshire Life than the old ManCon. The constant pictures of smiling faces are also Cheshire Life-like or maybe more like someone's Facebook album. Sure, do the odd opening feature but I just think it's going over the top on the 'exclusive' events etc Too much promotion and not enough substance. I may be in a minority of one but I'd like a bit more substance please, and not just good old articles republished. And please don't quote me numbers of new articles as it's the feel of the whole thing that has changed, and these are my opinions.

GollyMarch 17th 2010.

What a great picture on the front page of Katz Korner, fantastic couple, I love them.

Jonathan Schofield - editorMarch 17th 2010.

Well you're entitled to your opinion but it would be better if you gave your name. I disagree of course, maybe you're just seeing less of them with the new design, an issue which is being addressed. But coming up this week we have content led pieces on Manchester Airport's Manchesterness and on the multiple closures in the Food and Drink sector. The re-hashing of old stories has occurred only with the architecture section because many stories were dumped when the switch-over happened. We do tell readers they are re-hashed as well - we don't disguise this.

AnonymousMarch 17th 2010.

Thanks for addressing the concerns as I really want the site to do well. What about the morphing into Cheshire Life and the boring name dropping, seems more like an industry magazine sometimes. The vote section has gone downhill, it used to a mass of ideas, rants (entertaining), and differing views. Now it seems all santised and the number of comments being received on it reflects that.

Jonathan Schofield - editorMarch 17th 2010.

The Vote section will re-join the living world shortly. We've always done Diary features with pics, nothing wrong with them at all. We're not doing any more than we did, although there have been several openings or birthdays over the last few weeks. They are harmless, let people view themselves, and have a laugh. As for being like Cheshire Life you are clearly not reading the words even on this diary piece. We in no way whatsoever write in that tone of voice. I would sack any writer that did.

AnonymousMarch 17th 2010.

I don't want to bicker about it and I appreciate some people may like their photos on the site. However when it's almost every other article on the entertainment section it does get boring. I did read the article and it's the constant name dropping of industry people that means nothing to 9 out of 10 people as we don't care - we just want good end product, that is like Cheshire Life. I'm not a killjoy, I just get a bit bored reading about your writers going out on the piss when the articles don't have much substance. We'll have to agree to differ though and I look forward to the minor changes. I still think this is the best Manchester website though.

SensibleMarch 17th 2010.

I think Anon and the editor should go for a drink and make up. Maybe take some pics.

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