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NEW: Tea 42 To Open In The Village

Northern Quarter's gluten-free specialists to open MCR 42 in the former-Genghis Khan's Mongolian Grill

Published on February 9th 2015.


NEW: Tea 42 To Open In The Village
 

NORTHERN Quarter tea, cake and gluten-free specialists, Tea 42, are set to launch their second premises in The Village.

"It is also great to be talking positively about investing in The Village following the spate of recent closures"

The new venue, MCR 42, will open this Spring in the former-Genghis Khan's Mongolian Grill site on the corner of Chorlton Street and Richmond Street.

Owners Will Hannah and Jason Abbot say they hope to create a Manchester 'Tea Quarter' in the area, with the Manchester Food and Drink Awards 2014 'Best Tea Shop' winners, Richmond Tea Rooms, only a few doors away.

The former-Mongolian Grill siteThe former-Mongolian Grill site

The nineteenth-century warehouse building will undergo a 'lavish' £500k conversion creating a flagship two-floor venue for the brand, with Hannah and Abbot planning a 20-site Tea 42 expansion across the UK.

MCR 42 will provide 250-covers over its two floors, with a main ground floor restaurant for day and evening diners, and a basement lounge and bar space reserved for lighter dining, after-dinner drinks and private hire.

See the Tea 42 menus here.

MCR 42MCR 42 restaurant

MCR 42 lounge and barMCR 42 lounge and bar

Hannah told Confidential:

“Having successfully trialled the 42 concept over the past fifteen months and developed the pilot site on High Street we are really excited to be opening our new flagship in the heart of the Village.

"The Village has been an important part of our lives for many years so we are delighted to be able to take our casual fine dining and drinking to Chorlton St, delivering a much needed fresh concept into the village.

"It is also great to be talking positively about investing in The Village following the spate of recent closures.”

Owners Will Hannah (left) and Jason Abbot (right) with actress Michelle CollinsOwners Will Hannah (left) and Jason Abbot (right) with actress Michelle Collins

Hannah and Abbot say customers should expect the same splashes of leather and stylish drop lighting fixtures, but with a 'slightly darker and more mysterious element'.

The venue will also boast a walk-in wine fridge, 'SNUG' area and dressing room for 'impromptu-entertainment'.

MCR 42 will also create 50 new jobs in The Village.

This is great news for The Village, with established bars Eden and Taurus both having uncertain starts to 2015, the arrival of a respected and proven operator with big plans and a vested interest in the area could prove to be the confidence The Village needs to kick-on once more.

tea42restaurants.com

MCR 42 will open at 16 Chorlton Street, The Village, Manchester M1 3HW.

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

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2015.

Excellent news!..We need more decent restaurants in the Village. A bit of healthy competition for the Richmond Tea Rooms too

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AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

Competition? They'll basically be ten seconds walk down the same street from each other... Saturation more like! Yet another tea room/coffee shop. Sigh.

Kevin PeelFebruary 10th 2015.

Great to see the offer in the Village expanding.

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Councillor Peel, you have been an appalling 'advocate' for the area. That businesses are coming into the area has nothing whatsoever to do with you.

AnonymousFebruary 18th 2015.

I completely agree. He'll quite happily take credit for most things, yet not put in the work. A careerist 'politician' if ever there was one.

Asterix the GobFebruary 18th 2015.

Exactly what has Cllr Peel taken credit for, and how?

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Weren't the owners of The Eagle & Richmond taking that space originally?

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Yes, I heard they were doing it up and it was to be a jazz bar and art gallery? Glad an empty space has been taken with closure of many businesses and decline of area. I am glad the owners say performances. Let's hope good live music and gives something different to the area.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

A jazz bar and art gallery would be great for the village.

Jon JohnstoneFebruary 10th 2015.

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

A positive for the village, though it still needs 3 or 4 good openings before we can speak of it turning itself around.

AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

As resident of the village for over 10 year now this is most welcome news :) though a jazz bar and art gallery would be even more welcome... someone please make this happen? :-) there are lots of 35+ residents in the village that don't actually just want cheesy pumping music and shooters/cheap cocktails!

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AnonymousFebruary 10th 2015.

Exactly, a couple of restaurants and maybe a beer/wine bar with a decent jukebox would be ace, everybody wants to open in the NQ, nobody here.

Shy Bald BuddhistFebruary 10th 2015.

The Green Quarter is getting some attention now, some really exciting independent food, drink, music, film and art projects are rumoured to be in the pipeline, have a look at Keystone. The Village does seem to have gone down in recent years, It's like a mini Magaluf with Blackpool weather. With this and Living Ventures moving into the area it will hopefully get the place back on track. Then the focus can move to sorting Chinatown out.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

The folks in China town are an insular bunch. I'm sure they can sort themselves out.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

Their not doing a great job, the place is a dump and a few of the restaurants are struggling.

rinkydinkFebruary 11th 2015.

Living Ventures moving into the area? if you're you're talking about Eden, that was a joke

AndrewFebruary 10th 2015.

They still need to get planning permission!

espoirFebruary 10th 2015.

We went in recently and the drinks were good, great smoothies, the decor is great, really uplifting. The food is a mystery, normal menu but what comes is just unrecognizable. My wife's risotto was black stuff in a dish, odd tasting, I thought risotto was a rice dish. My meal just as odd. ultra nouvelle cuisine (I think)

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

Why has this area become rundown and naff? It started off so well with Manto in '91. It's as though there was a big coming out party and then gay people just moved on and got on with their lives.

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AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

That's the thing, I don't know any gay people who go anymore, just a few straight people who go for cheap drinks and late opening hours.

Poster BoyFebruary 11th 2015.

The Village (sic) is like Blackpool. Desperate.

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AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

Go somewhere else then.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

The Gay Village needs to get better. It has been long neglected and deprioritised by local politics and is important to many people. It is like Blackpool. But it has been demonised unfairly by the media and even politicians who misrepresent the statistics. Many redevelopments are happening around it so hopefully if these developments (Aytoun City & Centric, Origin Urban and Civic) then if well planned areas meets a variety of residents needs but also protects the Village. The Gay Village needs better infrastructure, more investment, imagination and inspiration. It is stuck in the past and offers LGBTQ little choice. The businesses need to survive and deserve local political support, which has too long been wayward and has failed the area.

rinkydinkFebruary 11th 2015.

Is it not that the businesses are crap, lack imagination, are filthy and stuck in a time warp and that anyone with any taste would not choose to spend time there? With the exception of Velvet possibly

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

Why don't YOU do something about it Anon. Try opening a business that aligns with your tastes maybe?

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

We do NOT need the GAY Village any more..Good luck to them..LOVE tea rooms...

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Dare I say it, but what the Village needs is a Starbucks or Caffe Nero like on Old Compton Street in London. The Village needs some daytime activity. A poncy tea shop isn't the answer - somewhere someone can grab a takeaway coffee at a reasonable price would be a shot in the arm for the area. Evict the filth that is McTuckys and put it there on the corner.

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GimboidFebruary 19th 2015.

You may have a point. I never think of the village as a weekday-daytime place to go.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

There's nowhere unfussy to go for a quick coffee during the day. I'm amazed Starbucks haven't seized on it, there's still a plethora of boarded up venues

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Is wasn't popular, Squirrelito, which is why it close.

ChrisFebruary 19th 2015.

Gay village needs a rebrand I think, it sounds a bit old fashioned. LGBT quarter perhaps or maybe just The Village?

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AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

LGBT is a ghastly term. Almost as bad as "Queer"

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

...or just Canal Street. I know parts of the gay zone are on Sackville Street and close by. I can't stand that anacronym and it's certainly not a village, although you'll find lots of idiots there 24/7. Even rent boys? t's the 21st century FFS!

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Gay Zone.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Flesh.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Gayville

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Gayland.

AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Rebrand it The Village and let it become a bit more like the NQ with cafes and specialist shops.

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AnonymousFebruary 19th 2015.

Specialist shops? I'd say 'The Clone Zone' was a specialist shop. How specialist do you want a specialist shop to be?

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