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Mulligans to take over Brasserie Blanc site

Pub firm to team up with Gino D’Campo on yet another Italian eatery, reports Simon Binns

Written by . Published on August 20th 2010.

Mulligans to take over Brasserie Blanc site

The management team behind Mulligans Irish pub on Southgate in Manchester city centre are taking over the vacant Brasserie Blanc unit off King Street.

The unit will be turned into an Italian restaurant, which will feature a menu designed with the help of so-called celebrity chef Gino D’Campo.

Nobody from the management team was available to comment on the new venture other to confirm that they had taken the unit.

With Jamie Oliver also opening a restaurant at the former HSBC Bank at the Spring Gardens end of King Street, and Rosso, Stock, Croma, Destino and Piccolino all nearby, that particular part of the city will soon be even more beset by Italian eateries.

Brasserie Blanc closed in February 2009 and had been Le Petit Blanc before that. At the time of the closure, Raymond Blanc said he was ‘disappointed’ but could not afford to pay the high rents charged by the council.

"It is my fault that we chose the wrong location in the city,” he said. “But the council in Manchester really needs to look at the level of the rents that are being charged in the city centre and do something about it.

"They are very, very high and, in many cases, not negotiable. I am not the first casualty in Manchester and there will be others too."

D’Campo got himself into bother during an appearance on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here when he caught and cooked a rat and put it in a risotto. The dish is not expected to feature on the restaurant menu. See Sleuth this week for a rat he would have found difficult to fit in the pot.

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AnonAugust 20th 2010.

Is it rat friday today or something? Obsessed.

Leigh ScottAugust 20th 2010.

ffs another italian ?!

Leigh ScottAugust 20th 2010.

It comes to something when an irish pub chain want to employ that donkey to help open the millionth Italian eatery.

I would love to see the copy of the proposals and the business plan !!!
what a joke!

AnonymousAugust 20th 2010.

No, please tell me this is a bad dream - NAFI - what is it with this city and bloody Italian restaurants? Don't suppose the Mulligan's 'management' team considered a contempoary Irish restaurant eh?

AnonymousAugust 20th 2010.

*contemporary* even

EugeneAugust 21st 2010.

so is it confirmed that Jamie is opening in the old HSBC building? Read it a couple of months ago in Crains and I know the building is about to be clad in scaffolding to be cleaned...its gonna take 44 weeks apparently!

Caroline FaulknerAugust 24th 2010.

Is it April 1st???!

AnonymousAugust 24th 2010.


Scott NeilAugust 24th 2010.

a contemporary Irish restaurant in a city of such large Irish heritage would be quality. some of the best meals of my life have been local grub done w some flair in places like Belfast, Kilkenny and Galway.

AnonymousAugust 24th 2010.

Quite Scott. But it's far to easy to take the Italian route and slap out high GP-earning pizza and pasta with no imagination. Don't get me started on Jamie's 'Italian'. Everything is bought in pre-portioned and sometimes pre-cooked, including the pasta. The nice little touch with the guy working a pasta machine front of house, is all crap

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