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Kosmonaut Bar, San Carlo, John Lewis Rumours

Sleuth 07/09/2012

Published on September 7th 2012.

Kosmonaut Bar, San Carlo, John Lewis Rumours

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Sleuth Hears Of John Lewis

So Sleuth was digging around underneath the Renaissance Hotel on Deansgate. It wasn't long before a rumour surfaced. The whole 70s concrete caboodle will be demolished if, to go along with John Lewis interest, another couple of pre-lets can be achieved. Apparently John Lewis really like the site. It's over the road from Harvey Nichols and a stroll fromv M&S and Selfridges.The city desperately needs a retail boost, let's hope those pre-lets arrive soon.

Renaissance Hotel blockRenaissance Hotel block

San Carlo Booth Bother

Some people seem concerned about the San Carlo refurbishment, that it's not quite regained its allure. Sleuth can tell you it's not finished. The booths on the left as you enter will be put back, the toilets placed downstairs and more room created for diners plus a private dining room inserted. Meanwhile the standards of food have been maintained. This Pesce Veneziana dish below was delightful, lovely clams thought Sleuth, lovely sauce too, soaked the bread up beautifully. San Carlo has always excelled at fish. And celebrities of a football and soap style. Expect them back soon with the full refurb.

Pesce VenezianaPesce Veneziana

Sleuth Hears Of Space Travelling Barmen

Sleuth remembers Ten, at 10 Tariff Street, from back in the early nineties. It used to get loads of 'name' DJs that Sleuth's forgotten and was a real 'Madchester' bar. But nothing much happened round it for years and it finally closed. Now it's re-opened as Kosmonaut with real ales, cocktails, good wines, light meals and aimed at the over 25s as a bit of a speakeasy. Here are some pictures of some interesting chairs: half-cut with a haircut perhaps? As we all know the Northern Quarter is a bit livelier now so Sleuth really hopes that Kosmonaut takes off. 

Kosmonaut, nice chairsKosmonaut, nice chairs

Sleuth's Solicitor Name Of The Week 

Here is the onomatopeic signboard of a Bolton solicitor that specialises in personal injury. Sleuth understands the name represents the anguished cry of town councils being taken to court over wonky paving stones, rather than the howls of people too stupid to look where they're putting their feet.

The name says it allThe name says it all

Sleuth Recommends: Drinks For A Break-up

Sleuth's always been childishly amused by the red wine in Salvi's, the finest deli-bar in the North of England in Exchange Square. This is called Cunto. Now from Denmark he's been sent a picture of this drink called Skum. Cunto and Skum, the perfect bottles for that final dinner before a rancorous break-up. 

To be served with sour grapesTo be served with sour grapes

To be served with hard cheeseTo be served with hard cheese

Sleuth's Bargain Of The Week

In an unrelated story to the above drinks one Sleuth was walking down Withy Grove the other day when he couldn't help but notice this sign on the side of Arndale Exchange. Aside from a finger of Fudge what else can you buy for 40p these days?

Fruity forty pence worthFruity forty pence worth

Sleuth's Diver For RVP

Sleuth received a breathless press release this week titled 'Breaking News - Robin Van Persie'. It was about 'toy company, Character Options producing a limited number of Robin Van Persie micro-figures, depicting the star player in both Home and Away kit'. Sleuth appreciated the name of the managing director quoted in the release: Jon Diver. Not the best surname thinks Sleuth for a company rushing out a model of a centre forward.

V.PersieV.Persie - something like him anyway.

Sleuth's Things You Don't See On Manchester Pavements - Usually

So Sleuth has a Longsight correspondent, The Hyperopian, and she sent him this. 'Walking past Manchester Pets & Aquatics (Ardwick) I saw a member of their staff stood a little farther down the road. He had a very large tortoise ambling beside him. Apparently, the tortoise is called Hercules, is eighteen years old, weighs nine stones, and likes to go for a walk'. Presumably a slow one thinks Sleuth. Still it'd make a change in a TV news report if a presenter said: "Today a man walking his tortoise found......"


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

Andrew MellorSeptember 7th 2012.

Getting rid of Manchester's ugliest building AND getting a John Lewis in its place? Thank the Lord!

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Calum McGSeptember 7th 2012.

Agree; there is a Retail God!

Ob1September 8th 2012.

No! Ugly it maybe, but its a great and unique example of 70's concrete and should be preserved. I'll have to get Manchester Modernist Society on to it straight away. You can't pull this down its better than Beetham tower.

Ghostly TomSeptember 12th 2012.

Let 's get it down before the Manchester Modernist Society get at it! My heart sinks every time I see it and I was appalled to find my company had booked a conference in this building that I had to attend! The hotel staff were great, hospitable and good food etc but the building is no prettier inside than it is outside. Let's find a new home for the hotel and their super staff, get this down and John Lewis in. By Christmas? Please?

Calum McGSeptember 18th 2012.

OB1, in what way is it a great and unique example? I love high-quality architecture, but this building is a bloody mess. It's horrid. Trellick Tower or Preston Bus Station? Now ya talking ;)

RevaulxSeptember 7th 2012.

The demolition of the splendid Victorian block previously on this site ranks up there with the loss of the Head Post Office and Milne Buildings in the litany of Crimes Against Manchester. Let's have an authentic reconstruction of the facede at least.

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

You really wouldn't guess that was a four star hotel. If that gets turned into something decent, that really will open up the way from Deansgate to Cathedral, Victoria etc. Sooner the better!

Simon TurnerSeptember 7th 2012.

"The city needs a retail boost". Interesting. There are hundreds of shops in the city, where does Sleuth think the retail sector needs strengthening. Isn't the main problem the fact that apart from the wealthy 1% everyone else is looking for bargains or staying out of shops/restaurants/etc altogether?

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AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

Well The Avenue is still here and H Nicks is not closing and Gordo is eating £100 meals at the Australian. I think the RBS building will be a better bet.

Lorraine ByrneSeptember 7th 2012.

Think I need to go to Salvi's for their wine ha ha ha

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

So if "the whole 70s concrete caboodle" is going to be demolished, shouldn't somebody have told the "about to be refurbished" Pizzeria Italia then?

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

But the MEN story on this this dated April 22nd 2012. The site is a West Properties site and the property director is based in Manchester. (in Princess Street). Why not pop in for a chat about it, Sleuth. (its only a step from Abode)

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SleuthSeptember 7th 2012.

Sleuth is about rumour and nonsense you see

TaggartSeptember 7th 2012.

And isn't West bust and gone from Manchester

AnonymousSeptember 18th 2012.

and that was April and this is... September?!!!!

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

Having a anchor store is a start but the investors and the Irish 'Bad Bank' will want some more than John Lewis (on the wrong side of the Street)

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

couldn't we just get that irish demolition firm back in they did a great job of the arndale

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AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

That's not funny at all, is it.

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2012.

I met Hercules before but he was on the grass on the other side of the road. I wonder if they have a piece of kit to get him there or if he gets across Stockport Road under his own steam.

Cor OnaSeptember 7th 2012.

I love rumours, especially when I start them;)

CitizenandrewSeptember 7th 2012.

Has San Carlo sorted out its appalling service?

NorthernGeezerSeptember 12th 2012.

Who gives a sh*t about San Carlo, it don't let us plebs in anyway!

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