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NEW: £30m Corn Exchange Confirms 12 Restaurants

Wahaca, Vapiano and Pho have all snapped up units in the remodelled Corn Exchange - due to open in June 2015

Written by . Published on November 6th 2014.


NEW: £30m Corn Exchange Confirms 12 Restaurants
 

TWELVE restaurants have been confirmed for the new and improved Grade II listed Corn Exchange - which is currently undergoing a £30m renovation and is due to open in by the end of June 2015.

"Plans are still in place to open a four star, boutique hotel with between 80 to 100 rooms on the upper floors. We're currently in talks with three quality hotel operators about the site."

Confidential revealed last month that the London-based Mexican restaurant, Wahaca (by MasterChef winner and Guardian food writer Thomasina Miers) were eyeing up a unit in the development - read here.

Wahaca have now been confirmed as one of Corn Exchange's flagship tenants alongside more first-time operators for the city.

Vapiano - A German 'fresh and casual' Italian franchise with restaurants in London, Australia, the United States and across Europe - have also been confirmed.

“We have had many guests visiting us in London request that we open in Manchester," said Phil Sermon, UK and US Managing Director of Vapiano, "which makes it even more exciting to be opening in one of our favourite cities and in such a fantastic development."

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Another first for Manchester is Pho, a Vietnamese street food restaurant with operations in Leeds, Brighton and multiple restaurants across London.

More new concepts for Manchester include Cabana, a Brasilian BBQ restaurant, casual dining and drinking lounge The Cosy Club, and Banyan Bar & Kitchen - which has operations in York and Harrogate.

Individual Restaurants - the group behind Piccolino, The Restaurant Bar & Grill, Zinc and the Bank pub - are set to open a brand new and exclusive concept in the new Corn Exchange called Eclectic Grill.

Joining these newcomers to the Manchester dining scene will be the city's second Byron Burger, former Corn Exchange residents and Manchester stalwarts Tampopo and Salvi's, alongside the other two former Corn Exchange chain restaurants, Pizza Express and Zizzi Ristorante.

Five of the Corn Exchange's previous external restaurants - Eclectic Grill (formerly Zinc), Tampopo, Salvi's, Pizza Express and Zizzi's - will take up their former positions facing out onto Exchange Square. Although Salvi's - which recently opened a hugely successful second restaurant on John Dalton Street - will expand to nearly three times the size under new plans.

According to owners Aviva Investors and developers Queensberry Real Estate, although twelve units have already been snapped up, there are one or two units still up for grabs.

"It depends on how many floors each restaurant will occupy," Development Director Jon Munce told Confidential during a tour of the site. "The new layout includes three levels: the lower ground floor, the ground floor and the upper level.

"Some restaurants may occupy two levels, some may even occupy all three levels. We haven't finalised the details yet but we potentially have room for one or two more operators to come in."

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Munce told us that the building's new layout would mean that all restaurants, regardless of position, should boast great views.

"All of the restaurants will have fantastic views either looking out along the building's three sides or looking into the building's beautiful domed atrium," Munce continued. "Some of the restaurants will have seating spilling out into the centre of the building or up on upper floor terraces - so you'll have that outdoor eating experience but with this glorious roof over your head.

"We're also improving the pathways out onto Exchange Square, down Fennel Street on Cathedral Gardens and down Cathedral Street, allowing some of the exterior restaurants to have outdoor seating to be enjoyed in the warmer months.

"We're looking to put some seating out onto the grass of Cathedral Gardens and turn this whole corner of the city into a much more social and public space."

One of the many reasons the Corn Exchange failed as a shopping centre following the building's post-IRA bomb conversion was lack of footfall. According to Munce, they're on top of this issue.

"We're going to create a passageway through the building," he told us. "The positioning of the entrances means that we'll have people passing through from Victoria Station into the the city and vice versa. Hopefully this means commuters will stop for a coffee and a pastry on their way to work or for a drink and a bite to eat on their way home."

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And what of the planned boutique hotel for the top level of the new Corn Exchange?

"Plans are still in place to open a four star, boutique hotel with between 80 to 100 rooms on the upper floors," said Munce. "We're currently in talks with three quality hotel operators about the site, but that's phase two of the development. Phase one is about getting the restaurants ready for a June 2015 opening."

Simon Green from owners Aviva Property Investors Trust said:

“Manchester Corn Exchange, has a rich commercial heritage and this planned development will build on this, ensuring Corn Exchange plays a vital future role in the commercial heart of the city.

"The redevelopment means a brand new offer for the city centre that is focused on great restaurants that simply aren’t available in Manchester currently, providing an environment where the best regional and independent food outlets can flourish in this incredible building – a gastronomic exchange.”

The Corn Exchange is due to open to the public by the end of June 2015.

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

I'm glad the building's getting a real purpose, but it's going to get a load of the Printworks types in there. Uggh!

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AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

snob

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Stick to Chorlton then, love.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

yeah, it's well snobby not wanted your head stoved in by some sleeved TOWIE idiot

DarrenNovember 6th 2014.

I'm looking forward to seeing this when it's finished. I've always loved the building but always felt it was underused. It'll be great to see it bustling with people.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

The big sign and TV on the front of the building need to go.

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

The TV that's not been there for MONTHS? Do keep up.

Caspar NelsonNovember 6th 2014.

A £30 renovation? Seems bit toppy.

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EditorialNovember 6th 2014.

£30m* We've just spotted that too Caspar. That would have been helluva deal.

Ghostly TomNovember 6th 2014.

It's always good to hear that people are willing to invest in Manchester and I like to eat out so it's good to have more choice. But I have to say I'm underwhelmed by the list here. Nothing we haven't already got or have something similar in the city already. And what happened to the idea of the food market/upmarket supermarket that was talked about? That would have given people a reason to go in on a daily basis as opposed to for an occasional meal.

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

I agree. Pleased to be getting a Wahaca, but a pretty underwhelming list all in all.

Chris AnthonyNovember 6th 2014.

Yeah I agree not the best list but I highly recommend Wahaca (Mexican Street Food). I have been to this place in London. Quite possibly the best chain restaurant I have been to. The Vietnamese restaurant Pho sounds nice, looking forward to trying there.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

At least they haven't foisted another Almost Famous on us...

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

You mean you don't like 'baconaise', 'bitch juice', 'suicide wings' and a Monster Munch crisp on your burger? You need to keep up wih the times, its cutting edge..

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Baconaise is good stuff.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Suicide wings are also excellent.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Mmmm bacon flavoured mayonaise. Chicken wings covered in a hot sauce. Get this, a beef 'pattie' (formally known as a burger) on a bun- Amazing.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Baconnaise is great, Vegetarian and kosher.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Is baconaise one of the gloopy messes they cover their food with? If so I had it. It wasn't a good experience. Ruined bacon and mayonnaise.

Trish KarneyNovember 7th 2014.

Almost Famous is like *so* last year

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

What sort of restaurants did you think would be? Like enough independants could be profitable in a location like this. There are some f***ing snobs on here.

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

Agreed. And it's not like they're all chain restaurants that are already in the area. A lot of chain restaurants are decent too. And unless you're talking about proper fine dining, most restaurants are part of a larger company that owns several restaurants anyway. Does it really make a difference to your life if you're eating in a restaurant that also exists in London or Liverpool? I'm looking forward to trying some of these out.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

We were promised a food destination. Is it too much to have come up with a better list than this? Some already in the city. Others that have clones here already. You call it snobbery I prefer to call it having high standards. You may be happy with the lowest common denominator, I'm not.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

It's not the "lowest common denominator" is it? That would be places like Harvest in the Printworks. It's a huge venture so it had to appeal to lots of people. Popularity doesn't always equate to bad standards. Besides, unless I missed it, the list isn't final. If two brand new independent restaurants were added, you'd have a good mixture of options and something for everyone. What's to say there won't be a top end restaurant in the hotel?

Chris AnthonyNovember 6th 2014.

I'm happy just for the fact Wahaca is in there. Everyone will love this place. Been to it in London, so good. Best chain restautant I have been to. Unlike any other Mexican I have been to

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

Yes I call it snobbery. Just because the offering is not what you want doesn't stop it from being a food destination, just one you don't want to go to. Not every family can afford or want to go to Manchester House or the like. Doesn't make them less of a person, or have lower standards. You are the epitome of a snob.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

No body mentioned Manchester House, just something with more imagination than this list. And who are you to decide who is a snob? You have no idea about me or my circumstances but because my view doesn't agree with yours you decide to call me a snob. Your arrogance is breathtaking.

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

Ahhh yes, you can call me arrogant when you have no idea about me or my circumstance, though you don't think it fair when someone does the same to you. Double standards?

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

Your words prove your arrogance. I'm right aren't I?

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

At least there's not a Nando's...

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

And your words prove your a snob. As I said, double standards.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

And you're an inverted snob.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

That the best you can do?

AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

It's very exciting , I hope that Zinc is still there as it is a favourite of mine , looking forward to the opening as it seems to have been closed forever.

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rinkydinkNovember 6th 2014.

Zinc was brilliant. I believe it is coming back

rinkydinkNovember 6th 2014.

But fear I may be wrong

Burt CodeineNovember 6th 2014.

I think there's enough higher end restaurants entering other parts of the city to be fair, so I'd say this is a good start. The new tram stop located just outside will also help with the footfall. Shame about the food 'market' on the bottom floor, but I presume it simply wouldn't fit in with the other plans. Wouldn't mind a 'dinner jazz' pianist on the ground floor mind...

TimNovember 6th 2014.

More restaurants? Really? Is this the best they could come up with?

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rinkydinkNovember 6th 2014.

Strip clubs and brothels for Tim please!

TimNovember 6th 2014.

"Wouldn't mind a 'dinner jazz' pianist on the ground floor mind..." You're joking right?

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

What's wrong with that? Live music would liven the place up.

TimNovember 6th 2014.

Am I just naive to think it could be somewhere genuinely interesting? You could spend hours there in the days before the bomb. A bit er, sleazy, yes but miles better than identikit chain-joints.

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AnonymousNovember 6th 2014.

You are very naive Tim

Steven ManginiNovember 6th 2014.

I hope it isn't but I can see it looking and being just like the food courts they have in the Arndale and Trafford Centre. Full of plastic plants, cooking smells from all over the world intermingling into one unpalatable pungent aroma and an atmosphere cold enough to keep an ice bar from melting in the central atrium. I don't think Manchester needs more homogenised eateries but if it gets people to use the place it will be 30 Million well spent.

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Rick22November 7th 2014.

Its a collection of restaurants not a food court, it is not comparable to either the arndale or the trafford centre. I do agree that the decor needs to be carefully selected to avoid it looking cheap

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

I think the key difference is that it's just a building containing different restaurants. You don't collect your food and then go and sit with someone who has bought food from another restaurant, like you would in a food court.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Well if they are spending £30,000,000 I certainly hope the decoration isn't cheap.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

a slightly swisher arndale food court is exactly what sprung to my mind more plastic eating for sheep - complete letdown

DarrenNovember 7th 2014.

I can't believe the negativity on here. We are turning a great building in a prime location from a soulless shopping centre into something that will transform it and bring life to it. We are getting a Mexican restaurant that's only operating in London. Many who have eaten there say its amazing. We are getting an Italian that also only operates in London. A Vietnamese that only operates in 3 cities and a Brazilian BBQ restaurant that only operates in 2 cities. Add in a number of old favourites that will be returning and the new hotel. And there's still a couple of units to fill. I don't see what more could be done. Some people are never happy it seems.

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rinkydinkNovember 7th 2014.

Very well put

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Has Manchester got Mexican (tick), Italian (tick tick tick tick) Vietnamese (tick) Brazilian (tick tick and one open last week didn't it?)? It's an expensive Arndale Centre food court....

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

So therefore no restaurant should ever open in any city in the world as it has all be done before? Is every restaurant complex an expensive Arndale Centre food court?

DarrenNovember 7th 2014.

So we are only allowed to have one place for each cuisine? What if one is of a higher quality or aimed at a different market? What was it you wanted exactly Angolan? Papua New Guinean?

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

I have no objection about as many restaurants offering the same cuisine opening up that the city can take. Just don't expect me to get excited about another one. But this was billed as a radically new food destination and, on the showing so far, has failed to live up to the hype.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Dirty Peruvian street food is big in Ecuador right now.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

There are some decent names in that list, all affordable and family friendly. One of the things that people complain about Manchester as a shopping destination is that there are not many places to eat compared Liverpool or leeds or similar. This will address that. Higher end eateries would do better around the business district, Hawksmoor, Iberica, Burger & Lobster know this and have chosen other sites based on the demographics.

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AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

....family friendly = do not go in...

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

... unless you have a family and don't mind them.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

If I wanted to eat with screaming children and be given crayons to colour my paper place mat while I wait for my microwaved dinner I go to ..... ......... (Fill in name of your favourite 'family friendly' dining option.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

'Family Friendly' is one of those chilling phrases... like 'Friendly Fire'. Either was someone ends up dead.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

I often went out for meals as a child, I didn't scream, wasn't given crayons and wasn't served Microwaved food, your parents must've been poor.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Neither did I....

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Far too many meals are spoiled by children in a restaurant

James KayNovember 7th 2014.

Didn't know what go for; 'Ask them to leave them off the plate' or 'Couldn't eat a full one!'

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

I can't believe I am reading some of the negative comments about family friendly places. If you don't want to eat where there are children, go elsewhere. There are plenty of other places to eat. What a dire city it would be without places for a family to enjoy a meal together. I don't have kids, never want them, so keep away from places like this, but am intelligent enough to know it's good for the city.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

@anon above...not everyone shares your pleasure at dining out in a room full of screaming out of control kids...

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Anon above , why are all kinds screaming out of control in your world? You would hate Europe, kids are welcome to dine out in most European towns.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

To Anon 12.20 am did you read my post? It said I keep away from these places, but am intelligent enough to know they are good for the city. A city needs all sorts of places to appeal to all demographics. If this doesn't appeal to you, don't go.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

@anon above...I don't go, whatever gave you the idea I did? Do keep up....

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Anon above, you said that not everyone shares in my pleasure of screaming out of control kids. Where did I say that I enjoyed them? I said I keep away from these places. Nothing gave me the idea that you go to family friendly places, I never said you did. I said if you don't like them, do as I do and keep away. You appear to be doing that. It doesn't change the fact that it's good for the city to accommodate families. Do keep up...

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

You are going round in circles. Do keep up.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Somebody on here thinks that restaurants are supposed to cure cancer. It's like the MEN on here now.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

"going round in circles"? No, replying to your comment.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

As regards food market, was hoping someone like BOOTHS at least would open up....On a par with some of the great food stores on places like TORONTO..Sort of Selfridges foodhall meets M&S and a hint of Harrods...Too much to hope for.

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AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Yep, Selfridges tried but decided more make up and perfume was needed.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

I think Booths would have worked well there. They have a good selection of beer, cider and wine that you can't easily get elsewhere.

Burt CodeineNovember 7th 2014.

I can't see any reference to a food market, but has it been 100% confirmed that one is no longer on the cards?

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EditorialNovember 7th 2014.

We did ask the developers Burt, although they haven't ruled out 'pop-ups' in the central space, the impression we got was that it would mainly be used for restaurant seating.

EdwardNovember 7th 2014.

We need more Bolivian restaurants in Manchester. It is an outrage that we do not have more Bolivian restaurants.

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AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Only 1 though once that box has been ticked you can't open another.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

You can open as many Bolivian restaurants as you like, just don't expect people to cartwheel down Market Street every time it's announced that a new one opens.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Even if it's the best of its kind. Find fault and be a misery.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

...'best of its kind' is subjective... yours may be radically different from his or hers....we've all been in places that people have raved about and thought 'what the ****?'....

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Well I've not heard a single person who has eaten in Wahaca say they aren't excited for it to be opening in Manchester. It knocks spots off every Mexican the city already has. This and the overall revamp will be a massive success I'm sure. Looking forward to seeing who takes the last couple of units. I half want it to be Pound Bakery and Wimpy just so the foamers on here get all worked up and bust blood vessel or two.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Guacamole is green and avocadoy where ever it comes from. No reason to expect Wahaca to be any different. Nothing to get excited about.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

There! You've heard your first person who's not excited about Wahaca opening in Manchester. What does it do that's different? Cure cancer? Bring about world peace? Or just fills an empty space in your stomach? I thought so.....

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

How would it cure cancer? It's a restaurant, do you know what this website is even about?

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Just pointing out the stupidity of getting excited about another formulaic restaurant chain in the city. It's called irony.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

That's not what irony means, buy a dictionary moron.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

I think you'll find it is when you check yours. And once you have lowered your self to personal insults you have lost the argument haven't you? End of correspondence with you.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

On a trip to London I was taken to Wahaca. Not sure which one, there seem to be a lot of them. The food was OK. It wasn't awful but it wasn't memorable. I can't remember what I had. I can't bring about any real memories of my surroundings either. I suppose I was concentrating on my dinner partners. When I came back to Manchester and was asked about my trip I answered 'some Mexican place' to where I'd had dinner that night. 'It was nice.' I couldn't remember the same. Had to text London friends to make sure that was where we'd actually been before posting this. So there you have it. It was nice but nothing really memorable. I didn't realise it was supposed to have been some kind of amazing life changing experience. I'm sorry. Beware. These places get hyped up and you'll end up disappointed. Almost Famous...'nuff said....

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

No-one said it was supposed to be a "life changing experience", simply that it was a good restaurant. Your 'argument' might have more credibility if you didn't have to resort to silly straw men.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

You can't remember where you was or what you had? Memory man!

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

What on earth is a silly straw man? And I couldn't remember where it was or what we ate because it was a busy trip and it wasn't that memorable. And I wasn't arguing a point just recounting an experience. Some people on here go right in for an attack. Why?

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

And if you can't remember which one of a chain you went to or what you had it can't be considered a good restaurant. Sound more like McDs than a got to place.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

...go to place...

J. RizzaNovember 7th 2014.

I think it should have a space age gym of the future with the best equipment available, where you can exercise naked. With a barbers in the annex where you can have your hair cut and beard trimmed...naked. Then a bookshop/coffeeshop on the top floor where you can read a classic novel and sip on an espresso...obviously fully naked. Bliss:) #CornExchange #ThingBigStayHumble

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rinkydinkNovember 7th 2014.

Which hair?

AnonymousNovember 7th 2014.

Afro?

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Ace! Wahaca is brill, cabana too. I'm glad Tampopo is staying put. Nice addition to Manchester's nightlife.

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DigsterNovember 8th 2014.

Agree with you about Cabana - eaten there a quite a few times now and always had good food and a great night.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Cabana = Fazenda = Bem Brasil....yawn...

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It's nothing like Fazenda and Bem Brasil, when did you last even go?

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They are identical apart from the paint on the walls.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They are not identical. Different menu and format too, do you think that all restaurants are the same? Have you ever been to a restaurant?

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They all sell meat on sticks don't they? Are you attracted the bright, shiny things?

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

I had meat off a skewer at a Greek restaurant last week, does that make it the same? Is Gaucho the same as Hawksmoor and Miller and Carter? They all sell steak after all.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They all sell steak so they are all steak restaurants, of course. So, yes, they are the same apart from the wallpaper.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

So you've some onto a restaurant website to say that all restaurants are the same and are boring.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Is this a restaurant website? It does more than that doesn't it? And this thread is about the conversion of the Corn Exchange, it's not a thread about restaurants. And apart from the decor all restaurants selling the same type of food are the same.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Maybe we should just have one massive Red Hot World Buffet to serve the entire city and all other restaurants should close as they are not needed.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It sounds like a massive Red Hot World Buffet is exactly what they are opening in the Corn Exchange. Where's the imagination in this project? £30,000,000 being spent to create dull.

AnonymousNovember 8th 2014.

Vapiano is delicious! Always make the effort to visit when I am in London so fantastic news it's coming to Manchester.

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

An Italian run by the Germans?!!

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They have taken over most of Europe - uk.vapiano.com/…/…

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It was very popular in Berlin when I lived there

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

can't be bothered reading everything to see if it's been mentioned but they could have gone and had a look at brixton market now that is how you do a food court

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

No one has mentioned it, and you're so right. But probably wouldn't be "acceptable" to the owners..

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Lack of footfall was never a problem before the bomb and the poncification that followed. As the original Corn Exchange it was rammed. The place had soul. Unfortunately it sounds like it is to remain soulless despite millions being spent on it. I like the idea of some restaurants, but, as others have mentioned, it could have had so much more. Market stalls (don't think anyone had mentioned Borough market?), a Booths type supermarket? And maybe a Tarot card reader hrown in for old times sake!

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Michael IngallNovember 9th 2014.

Anon, you have it bang on, we wanted to buy this asset in 1993, food, vintage, start ups, art, galleries, vinyl, great sounds, and manchester only real bit of Camden, portobello, borough road, in fact this was our intro to the City, biggest regret not doing, as at the time it had found its destinay it was cool and loved, this is another institutional serve up and will last only as long as the last one, so much talent in Manchester, just a floor of independents would have been enough to give it a chance, maybe that will be the answer in five years time when as you did at left bank, you turn your back on another series of chain operators not unique to this deserving City.

Joanna SimpsonNovember 9th 2014.

Agree with previous post they should have turned it into a giant Booths - that would have been wonderful.

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They didn't want it, you can not force a retailer to take space they don't want.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

I agree there needs to be something besides a restaurant to give the place some variety.

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It is going to be an hotel.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

They should've had a wine tower bar like at stansted radisson hotel

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It would have been good to have used this building for John Lewis. They want to be in Manchester city centre and we want them in. Opportunity missed here. And how are the going to fill all those restaurant units around HOME on First Street? Could be a struggle out there in the twilight zone between the city centre and Hulme. Are there 7 units? 9? It's quite a lot I think.

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

John Lewis did not want it, they are not looking to open a store in the city centre. It's not a lost opportunity, you can not force a retailer to take space they don't want. As for the restaurant units around Home, I am sure they will get taken. I am not sure why people think that the new Home complex is so remote, it is only a 5 minute walk from Oxford Road station.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

It's far too small for a full scale John Lewis.

GimboidNovember 9th 2014.

"Home complex is so remote, it is only a 5 minute walk from Oxford Road station." Because Oxford Road Station is practically on the edge of the city centre to start with, 5 minutes further really is out on a limb for a leisure complex.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

Gimboid, according to ManCon anything inside the Mancunian Way and Trinity Way is considered the city centre.

AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

...and people in Walley Range and Firswood like to put Chorlton on their details when they are trying to sell their houses. There are bits of no mans land on the edge of the city centre that don't really belong anywhere. The place where Home is is one of them. ManCon can say it is but in the collective minds of the city, at the moment, it isn't...

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

A 5 minute walk in the wrong direction though. It will struggle like the riverside of spinningfields.

Amanda EveryNovember 9th 2014.

Gawd, I'm not half getting fed up with the kicking off in here from 'Anons'... have some guts to post under your real name! :P

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

I tried that but when you do put a name you attract trolls if you say something they don't like so I gave up using the name. Much safer to be anonymous.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Amanda's fed up :(

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

I had 'some gut's' and posted under my name Amanda, but my sense of humour wasn't to mancon's liking and they deleted my account. Ironically, it was mancon that asked me to join in the first place.

Dave TaylorNovember 10th 2014.

Just read every comment posted about the Corn Exchange, its been very entertaining. Thanks to all who posted comments, and slagged off each other, I am still laughing and cant get to sleep yet. Its 03:00 am. My thoughts are, when it opens, give it a whirl. Then post your comments

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AnonymousNovember 10th 2014.

Dave couldn't sleep :(

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Anonymous

Isis cafe in Levenshulme do a great Irish breakfast.

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Anonymous

It's going to be wrap it up, far better.

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