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NEW: Bar & Beef For Corn Exchange?

London-based Glendola Leisure are reportedly bringing their steak and gin restaurant to Manchester

Written by . Published on February 18th 2015.

NEW: Bar & Beef For Corn Exchange?

LONDON-based bar and restaurant group, Glendola Leisure, are rumoured to be close to signing a deal on one of the Corn Exchange's few remaining units.

The new Manchester restaurant will be called 18 Thirty Seven Bar & Beef - a reference to the first Corn Exchange built on the Hanging Ditch site in 1837.

So far twelve new operators - including anchor-tenants Wahaca and Pho - have been confirmed in the Corn Exchange's £30m refurb. Only a handful of empty units remain up for grabs.

Glendola plan to use the site to launch their second Bar & Beef restaurant - a steak and gin concept first opened beneath Glasgow's Central Station in June 2014 (main image).

Bar & Beef specialise in 35 day dry-aged Tweed Valley steaks starting from £19 - menu here.

Corn Exchange during refurbCorn Exchange during refurb

Corn Exchange plans (note: Busaba)Corn Exchange plans

If the group are successful in securing the Corn Exchange site, the new Manchester restaurant will be called 18 Thirty Seven Bar & Beef - a reference to the first Corn Exchange built on the Hanging Ditch site in 1837.

High-end Thai restaurant chain, Busaba Eathai by Alan 'Wagamama' Yau, were also rumoured to be eyeing up a spot in the Corn Exchange (note CGI image above) - though The Printworks now appears more likely.

Founded in 1973, Glendola Leisure operate multiple sites across the UK from Glasgow to Portsmouth - including Manchester's Waxy O'Connor's bar.

Confidential has been in touch with Glendola Leisure and is waiting for confirmation of the site.


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

rinkydinkFebruary 17th 2015.

Why would you open in the Printworks? You automatically alienate anyone with any taste. Bad decision - if that's what Busaba do decide

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AnonymousFebruary 17th 2015.

You clearly regard yourself as someone with impeccable taste, Rinkydink.... Maybe they've judged it right.

AnonymousFebruary 17th 2015.

There's wagamama at the Printworks already and that does well.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Opening up in the Printworks is a shrewd and excellent move, as it means the venue won't attract the pretentious bellends which litter the Northern Quarter.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Northern Quarter is just as shitty, people just delude themselves otherwise.

Liddy199February 18th 2015.

I agree! I've eaten at Busaba in Covent Garden a few times and it's really nice. I can't see it sitting alongside the Harvester and Peachy Keens...

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Obviously the Northern Quarter used to be cool when I lived there before it went totes mainstream and popular.

AnonymousFebruary 17th 2015.

18ThirtySeven looks as though it could be a great addition to the new Corn Exchange development, good bar & restaurant concept from a smaller more independent operator.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

I really like their venue Silk & Grain in London, hopefully they introduce the barrel ageing concept to 18 Thirty Seven as well!

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