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New San Carlo site revealed

New ‘cicchetti’ bar just yards away from original, reports Simon Binns

Written by . Published on August 18th 2010.

New San Carlo site revealed

The new San Carlo restaurant will be in the ground floor of the nearby House of Fraser store on the corner of Deansgate and King Street West. A new entrance will opened in the Grade II House of Fraser facade which dates from 1939.

The restaurant will be called San Carlo Cicchetti and will serve small tapas-style dishes and side plates, based on similar bars found in Venice. It may also include some deli provision.

The restaurant, which will face the original San Carlo on King Street West, will be around 4,000 sq ft in size and will have 95 covers. It will open between 8am and 11pm.The plans were revealed in a planning application submitted to Manchester City Council earlier this month.

A design statement prepared for San Carlo by Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said: “The provision of a restaurant would complement the retail offer from House of Fraser. San Carlo Cicchetti, in partnership with House of Fraser would provide shoppers with a unique and unparalleled dining experience, unlike any other restaurant nearby. The addition of a lively, high-quality restaurant on King Street West will also have a positive impact on the surrounding area in one of the major retail routes in the city centre.”

The move is also part of a plan to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the store. Originally called The Bazaar and on the Waterstones site over Deansgate, the store was bought off the Watts family - the people who built Watts Warehouse, now the Britannia Hotel - by three gents by the name of Kendal, Milne and Faulkner. It is still famous across the North as simply Kendals.

The Drivers Jonas Deloitte report also said that the store had lost out on footfall in recent years to New Cathedral Street and other parts of the city centre and that San Carlo would help drive traffic back.

Speculation had surrounded the location of the new restaurant, following the success of the original. We asked San Carlo for a comment but no-one was available.

Confidential loves it when consultants such as Drivers Jonas Deloitte attempt to write anything. The whole sentence which includes ‘a unique and unparalleled dining experience, unlike any other restaurant nearby’ is hilarious. Of course it will be ‘unique’, everything is unique for property consultants, including things which are the same as other things.

The phrase ‘unlike any other restaurant nearby’ is a killer. The parent restaurant is a stout ping-pong shot over the road.

Still it will be interesting to watch how this place works out. San Carlo is just about the busiest restaurant in the universe and an excellent one to boot – we’ve endorsed it with the Confidential selection inserted into their main menu. This new venue should also prove a very wise move by House of Fraser in its plan to increase footfall and, either way, it’ll be interesting to find out exactly what a 'cicchetti' actually is.

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

Popular choiceAugust 17th 2010.

Excellent. San Carlo is the best venue in Manchester by a mile, exciting, good food, if you're clever enough not to go for pasta and pizza. The more the merrier.

AntonEgoMancAugust 17th 2010.

Woo. Cicchetti, the new tapas hits the sticks.
San Carlo ape Polpo in London. If their Venetian snacks are half as good....

ADAugust 17th 2010.

small tapas style plates of italian food, based on small bars found in venice? hopefully not based on Pesto...

GJHAugust 17th 2010.

is the day gordo chooses the menu the day his ego goes mental? should we not leave that to the professional restaurant people?!

Long Tall SallyAugust 17th 2010.

Jealous, GJH?

AnonymousAugust 17th 2010.

Whilst Simon Binns is clearly an able and talented jounalist, I was expecting more rounded news coverage when he joined ManCon. Most of his articles are about council spending/urban regeneration/planning permissions applied for/property development. Maybe I was wrong, I thought the site was going more towards cutting-edge/breaking news.

leave off!August 17th 2010.

Crains offered all of what Simon is offering; It is cutting-edge/breaking news. What happens developmentally in the city is important!

Mrs GrumpyAugust 17th 2010.

Let's hope they don't take the waiters from over the road and employ some with some good customer skills.....

Jonathan Schofield - editorAugust 17th 2010.

Anonymous we will be doing more of the breaking news thing but it's August and thus a bit slow when it comes to major policy decisions and the like. What we won't be doing is reprinting the daily police reports we get about the dreary drip, drip, drip of crime. One experiment with that showed me it just isn't us, and is also very boring, anything along those lines can be covered in the 250 news in brief section. We will however look at how criminal policy and how justice in Manchester is administered. That's juicy.

mAugust 18th 2010.

Planning applications are often the source of 'breaking' news. Just because you know it has to go through that door at some point doesn't make it any less of a story. Your average press release or inside gossip often gets out of the bag well after planning permission has been applied for and unlike rumours if it gets to this stage the chances are it's actually going to happen. It casts the eye further down the line. Without Simon Binns this news would still have made it to this site. Just not so quickly. Also, it could have ended with the news but the article builds on the core story to make a researched and informative article. Seems like good journalism to me.

Simon Binns - News EditorAugust 18th 2010.

Public documents are a good source of news but we're also breaking exclusives in other areas - see today's piece about the botched SOCA in Manchester that have ended up in court, for example.
We want to break fresh news that isn't a reprinted press release that already appears on umpteen websites already.
Planning documents and council committee meetings are a big part of that, and a lot of authorities break for August due to holidays.
Thanks for the feedback though, always appreciated.

AnonymousSeptember 8th 2010.

I really don't understand the hype about this place. This and so many other pseudo anglicized styled Italian restaurants are not a patch on proper Italian food. I know as I am Italian and had parents who were successful restaurateurs back home in Milan. San Carlo has given me rubbery liver, badly cooked pasta and dull pizzas as well as bad service and an unnecessary frenetic and over crowded ambiance ruined by a rather large percentage of loud mouthed clientele. Not what denotes a "good" restaurant.

AnonymousOctober 30th 2010.

I cant wait for this place to open. I have been to all the SanCarlo group restaurants, including their place in London, never being disappointed once I am now a huge fan, and in the belief that if SanCarlo group are going for it, its going to be the top of the top. Bring on the new concept!!!!

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