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Avalanche Expansion, Oysters Yum, New Skyscrapers For MCR

Sleuth Wk 19: Hope, Folly, Yafis, Seafood and Love

Written by . Published on May 9th 2014.

Avalanche Expansion, Oysters Yum, New Skyscrapers For MCR

SleuthSleuthSleuth is a sideways glance at the city every week, it's the truth, but Sleuth's truth. He's several people all at once. We give £25 for every story/rumour and piece of absurdity you find for us to publish. Sleuth sometimes even gets serious. We ask for the money back if any legal action follows. Follow Sleuth on twitter @mcrsleuth

Avalanche Restaurant Snowballs

Avalanche is set to expand. The Booth Street Italian restaurant in the city centre apparently turned over the remarkable amount of £2m in its first trading year. Now the bosses want to build an empire. The plans are for another two Manchester restaurants and then a move to London. One of the Manchester restaurants will be in the city centre and one in a 'south Manchester suburb'. Sleuth thinks they probably mean Wythenshawe. Avalanche are saying they've put £1m aside for each launch. Wow.

It's all great news though, Sleuth thinks we simply can't have enough Italian-style restaurants in the city, even though they're everywhere already. Indeed Sleuth woke up this morning and found a small Italian restaurant had opened in his navel. "Ciao," it said to him. "Ciao," Sleuth said back with a wink. 

Avalanche seafood at 2011 launch

Avalanche seafood at 2011 launch

Has The MEN Become More Sensationalist?

Or rather has the MEN in recent months become more desperate chasing readership. One story this week was the snappily titled: 'Cab Companies React With Fury To Launch Of California-founded Private Hire Firm Uber'. Total bloody fury apparently as the quote from Manchester Cars' spokesperson a Mr Bragg reveals. He said, "We are not threatened by the competition. It is good for the marketplace." Funny really, all that distortion. Why do this - to gain a few more reads? Not funny, sad.

Spot the difference

Spot the difference

Litter With Eyes

Sleuth feels that the social responsibility of grafitti is not what it should be so he's pleased that at last some of the buildings in the Northern Quarter are growing eyes to bring people's attention to street cleansing.


"Clean this up now," says the wall on Whittle Street

Oysterphilia - It's Legal, We Think

The poems which make Sleuth happy are all about oysters. There are so many of them, especially the only two Sleuth can remember: Lewis Carroll's The Walrus and The Carpenter and Manchester-based and nowhere near as dead, Adam O'Riordan's In The Flesh reproduced here. Thus, when Sleuth found them back on the menu at Grill he yelped joyously - see picture at the top of the page. There has been some sort of oyster blight somewhere and they've been hard to track down in the city. And now they're back. What were these oysters like? They were juicy, madam, briny with sea salt, slipped down the throat like the dawn of a sunny day. Very sensuous. 

More Skyscrapers For Manchester

Hodder Remaker TowersHodder Remaker TowersThere's a row brewing over the proposal for two more skyscrapers off Whitworth Street West and Cambridge Street close to Oxford Road Station. These are by Stephen Hodder Partners and incorporate 282 apartments in two towers of 22 and 29 storeys. The nearby Student Castle is 37 storeys high or 106m. Some provisional visualisations are here. Sleuth thinks the more tall buildings the better as long as they contribute to the skyline. Student Castle does that and is also by Stephen Hodder Partners. The images released presently are sketchy but Sleuth has the faith, let's get them built.  

Hodder tower plans

Hodder tower plans

Sleuth's Definition Of Manchester Confidential's Gordo

Sleuth was pleased to have this word passed to him by Eleanor Wotherspoon from the Oxford English Dictionary. 'Abligurition, n.: a now rare term for extravagant spending on food and drink.' Sleuth got an NYPD profiler in and found the term was an exact match for Gordo, the Confidential food and drink writer and Officer-in-Chief of Chowing. 

Sleuth’s Crazed Tweet Of The Week

This from Almost Famous Burgers the morning after a mad midweek night. ‘YES it’s early (fuck off sunlight). YES it’s not even weekend (fuck off calendar inventors).’ Sleuth loves a haiku (almost) of crapulous desperation fronted by brassiness. Sleuth recognises it. Sleuth's howled at the moon far too often himself. Maybe a bit of abligurition was taking place down Almost Famous way.

Representatives of Manchester Confidential and Almost Famous plan the day after the night before

Representatives of Manchester Confidential and Almost Famous plan the day after the night before

Sleuth's Lies To Tell Tourists

In olden days the heads of criminals were placed on spikes on prominent buildings as an example to other bad 'uns. In Manchester we now place the criminal on the big wheel in Piccadilly for all to see - as happened this week with 'notorious gangster' to quote the MEN, Dominyk Noonan. Here he is in the picture below. So if visiting Manchester be sure to check out the wheel. Crim spin day is Tuesday.

Noonan On The Wheel Rather Than Head On A Spike

Noonan on the wheel rather than head on a spike

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

Councillor Pat KarneyMay 9th 2014.

Just a reminder I will be in Cafe Nero in Piccadilly Gardens at 2pm on Sunday if you have ideas or thoughts to improve the gardens. I'll also be on the Harpurhey and Collyhurst Irk Valley Confidential tour on 17th at 3pm meeting at Harpurhey Cemetery - our first tour. We are all chuffed up here. To finish I want to plug something: Our second Harpurhey Area Film Festival is later this year.

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AnonymousMay 9th 2014.

I hope someone can get this in the MEN as well.Be interesting to see if Pat will still turn up if hundreds of Mancunian objectors to Picadilly Gardens turn up to question him.Cafe Nero staff and other customers might be a bit puzzled about what's happening.

Trebor SorbetMay 9th 2014.

God forbid. The place will be over-run by irate pensioners and finger-jabbing nostalgia geeks.

rinkydinkMay 13th 2014.

It's Caffè Nero

ShybaldbuddhistMay 9th 2014.

I see the benches in Piccadilly Gardens have been replaced and vandalised within minutes of being installed. Do you have any plans for some sort of security/police presence in this area? Fines for litter dropping would make the council thousands and it would help clean the area up in weeks, it'd pay for itself and keep muggers and drug dealers away also.

Tom HMay 9th 2014.

I like the overall form of the Cambridge Street proposal, with two caveats: too much blank wall, and a missed opportunity to make active use of the river. I have a pipe dream (pun not intended) that one day we'll be able to walk the full length of a rehabilitated River Medlock from where it enters the city near Phillips Park, to where it joins the canal in Castlefield. A way for nature to be brought into the city and enjoyed.

jrsteeveMay 9th 2014.

No outside space for the apartments and pretty piss poor design. They've thrown up other bottom end buy to let builds on Chapeltown Street (Quantum), Ordsall Lane (Delaney/Irwell) and Bloom Street (not sure what it's called), please design something more sustainable!

Poster BoyMay 9th 2014.

A la Student Castle? More exercises in Hodder mediocrity...

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rinkydinkMay 13th 2014.

Student Castle is pig ugly. More than that even, it's embarrassing!

TimetoshineMay 9th 2014.

Crim Spin day sounds fun. Maybe we could have twerk a perp in the evening !

AnonymousMay 9th 2014.

Surely Trebor Sorbet you don't think the wall and gardens currently have any merit?

AnonymousMay 10th 2014.

I wish the MEN would stop referring to everyone who dies as 'tragic' - its demeaning and disrespectful as well as being inaccurate in its application of the meaning of the word in the vast majority of cases. Ie an act of hubris in an esteemed individual setting in course a series of events that ensures their downfall and restores the balance of the earth and supernatural. Oedipus was not from Manchester, as far as I aware.

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SleuthMay 10th 2014.

The way this rant ends makes it just about Sleuth's favourite ever rant

AnonymousMay 10th 2014.

The larger picture of the new Whitworth St towers proposal is of the old, much superior scheme. The new one is white and pretty cheap looking.

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rinkydinkMay 13th 2014.

It's from the people that brought us Student Castle so that makes sense

AVOMay 10th 2014.

I'm not surprised Sleuth consoder's Avalanche's £2mill turnover as remarkable. Everytime I drive past the place, it's empty. They must have a very high spend per cover there.

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AnonymousMay 12th 2014.

£5,500 a day every day of the year

JoanMay 13th 2014.

True. They would need 100 customers per day with an average £55 spend.

Henry VMay 10th 2014.

Avalanche is quite simply poor. I see the flowers have stopped, along with the tablecloths. First sign of trouble. Run and owned by a family who don't have a clue about Italian food.

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