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Fine New Coffeeshop For MCR, Di Maria Signs For San Carlo

Sleuth Wk 36: the world is very oddly, eleventy-number mad

Written by . Published on August 29th 2014.


Fine New Coffeeshop For MCR, Di Maria Signs For San Carlo
 

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More Excellent Coffee For Manchester

Sleuth loves this addition about to hit the coffee drinking scene. Two top rugby league players are set to show a brainy side to their brutal game at the Barton Arcade in the former Sirocco unit.

Jon Wilkin of St Helens RLFC and Great Britain and Mark Flanagan of St Helens, are teaming up to, as Wilkin told Sleuth, "contribute to the city coffee culture in a great city centre location."

The name of the new place is Pot Kettle Black and here's the website.

The unit in the Barton Arcade

The unit in the Barton Arcade

Jon WilkinJon Wilkin"We'll be using Workshop Coffee from London as our primary source but we're also keen to guest local coffee roasters. We really want to show attention to detail in our coffee, in terms of sourcing and roasting, but also understanding the science behind coffee production, how it works with milk and so on," continued Wilkin.

"Pot Kettle Black will be open in October from 7am-7pm on weekdays and from 10am-5pm on weekends but there'll also be events and late night stuff. We'll have all the cakes and the accoutrements of coffee culture, plus healthy sandwiches and salads, beautiful breads and so on.

Flanagan: moody for coffeeFlanagan: moody for coffee"We want to nail the coffee first and foremost though. We want to be talked about along with Takk, Grindsmith, and North Tea Power in the Northern Quarter but we wanted to be in a more traditional retail area."

Sleuth wishes the pair luck, Jon Wilkin is one of the more articulate men he's talked with in years.

Probably all that coffee helps the rugby star's vocal fluency, Sleuth hears it addles the brain less than his own booze-based diet.

Jon Wilkin in civviesJon Wilkin in civvies

Meanwhile Other Things Are More Predictable

Another sportsman, Angel di Maria, arrived in Manchester after signing for Manchester United for £57.9m and went straight to San Carlo. Good restaurant San Carlo, we adore it, we advertise it, but sometimes you do wish for originality among football players. In the office we've been wondering if players get vouchers from United and City, £5 off every meal maybe, at San Carlo and Cicchetti. Being strapped for cash, players would obviously go for the deal and you never see them in any other restaurants.

I got five percent off with my vouchers and stole Gareth Bale's heart

I got five percent off with my vouchers - and stole Gareth Bale's heart

Own Gaal

Meanwhile Louis van Gaal, the new United manager, was spotted dining not in San Carlo. Amazing. Instead he was was in the very decent 47 King Street West. This sits eight metres over the road from San Carlo. Maybe he'd forgotten his £5 off vouchers.

Sleuth Has A Think And Makes An Offer To United And City

Confidential, through the services of qualified tour guides such as the editor, will offer footballers and their agents a comprehensive half day tour of the city - with refreshment breaks - underlining how good the city has become. They will see all the main monuments and sights, gain a good background knowledge of Manchester and its history, be shown its various quarters and all its best food and drink outlets, retailers, tattoo parlours and car dealerships. £5 off vouchers will be available, along with a guarantee that new players to the city and the UK will be able to enjoy their new city much better. 

There is more to Manchester - but do the footy players know

There is more to Manchester - but do the footy players ever really find out about the city

Sleuth's Customer Service Award Of The Week

This goes to the young woman in Smoak in the Malmaison who with great charm, good knowledge and a fine smile served Sleuth some oysters and loads of meat. Sleuth didn't catch her name but assumes it's Louise because that's the name on the receipt. So Louise, here is a hypothetical Service of the Week award. Unless you aren't Louise then Sleuth thinks you should fight her for it. 

A big smile and some chips plus a small silver tub of thing

A big smile and some chips plus a small silver tub of thing

Sleuth's Overheard Conversation Of The Week: Part One

Sleuth on the tram. Nearby a girl talking to her boyfriend as they held hands.

"You know how bored with my job I am, well there's a BDM job (business development manager) come up at Australasia. We love that place don't we? Not sure whether to apply though."

Pause in the conversation.

"I'm not sure you're good-looking enough to work at Australasia, you know what they're like," said the boyfriend. 

Sleuth was looking forward to the slap.

"You're probably right," said the girlfriend unconcerned. "What are we doing this weekend? Off to your mum's?"

Sleuth's Overheard Conversation Of The Week: Part Two

Sleuth was on Deansgate next to Manchester's worst sculpture, the Chopin work by Robert Sobocinski, when he heard this conversation. 

Shocking Chopin

Shocking Chopin by Robert Sobocinski

"What's this sculpture?" said the first person.

"It's...er...Chopin," said the second peering at a sign.

"Who was he?" asked the first.

"Dunno," said the second.

"I wonder who did it?" asked the first before continuing with, "Oh I see the name's there. It's by Bruntwood."

"Shame they didn't put his first name as well given all the effort," said the second as the pair wandered off.

Not the sculptor

Not the sculptor

Manchester's Most Recent Failure Of Imagination

Sleuth is sad. Sleuth is upset. The street variety of Manchester is becoming more and more homogenised. Ok the Labour Exchange on Aytoun Street looked forbidding but cleaned and re-imagined it could have been Manchester's best reimagined Bauhaus-like building.

 Going, going...

 

Going, going...

As the editor has written previously: '(It's a plain building but plain) can also seem lean and fit. Or different. This is the only building of this type and scale from the post-War period in the city centre. British cities tend to offer variety, with different styles of structure next to each other – it’s their charm, a product of the way we do business and look at property.

'The Employment Exchange adds to that interest in Manchester. There’s also a lot of historic distinctiveness going on. How many buildings do we know which span, from conception to construction, the transition of Britain from an Imperial nation to just another European country? How many buildings span three monarchs and an abdication crisis: planned under George V, approved under Edward VIII, and built in the last year of George VI’s reign?'

But now it's gone. Sleuth is sad to have this element of distinctiveness transform into another personality free wall of bland glass. 

Gone

Gone

Now where has Sleuth seen this before? Ah yes, Birmingham, Hamburg, Stockholm, Madrid, Milan, Bristol, Cracow, Budapest, Brussels and Lyons and on and on

Now where has Sleuth seen this before? Ah yes, Birmingham, Hamburg, Stockholm, Madrid, Milan, Bristol, Cracow, Budapest, Brussels and Lyons and on and on

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

AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

Footballers and West King Street. Even Spinningfields. They really do need a tour guide. It would be funny seeing them stood outside a Greggs or a decent city chippy scoffing. The latter wouldn't happen of course because there are no decent chippies in city centre Manchester. Did George Best open Edwardia down there because he'd never heard of the Underground Market? Sad to see the Aytoun Street building knocked down, especially as I used to work there years ago. More glass and steel?...Hey ho!...upwards and onwards eh?

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AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

That one opposite the MOSI has always been a thoroughly decent chippy

PaulAugust 29th 2014.

I never really fancied Austrasia till just a moment ago

Hero
ChorltongalAugust 29th 2014.

Ummm, I think that might have been my conversation about Australasia that Sleuth overhead... Wooh! I'm anonymously famous!

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AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

Go for the job. Tell them your famous!

Maria SaleAugust 29th 2014.

And dump the bloke.

Hero
malcolmduffinAugust 29th 2014.

Gutted about the Labour Exchange going. What a shame. You are right - it could have been a lovely. And I once signed on there many a moon ago....

crisbyAugust 29th 2014.

Good to see the Barton Arcade unit back in business, it's a lovely place to pass the time. Hope it succeeds long term - maybe they'll send some fliers to our football clubs?

AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

That Chopin sculpture is grotesque. Just shows how you can't by class or taste.

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AnonymousAugust 30th 2014.

You can't by (sic) spelling either.

AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

Central Manchester is crying out for a coffee shop that opens beyond 7 or 8 pm,up to midnight or even 2 am at weekends.Not everybody in the city centre at night wants to sit in pubs or bars.In London you have a choice because the three,in areas like Kensington,Soho etc.

AnonymousAugust 29th 2014.

Is San Carlo Yet Another Fucking Italian Yafi?

MrsPerfectAugust 29th 2014.

Wrights on cross street is the best chippy in Manchester! Agree about coffee after 7pm, Starbucks in New York open until 2am, c'mon Manchester we can compete.

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AnonymousAugust 30th 2014.

I've been to Wright's a few times. The chips are decent at best. It's like stepping into a 'theme chippy' though.

GimboidAugust 30th 2014.

Wrights definitely aren't the best in Manchester, not even the best in the city centre. Their chips are chewy.

AnonymousAugust 30th 2014.

Chewy chips? I should copyright that.

GimboidAugust 30th 2014.

Trust me, you don't want to.

Mark FullerAugust 30th 2014.

I disagree with Slueth that Rugby League is a brutal game per se. It's a fierce, fast paced game of controlled aggression, with far less gratuitous nastyness than seen in over-rated, over-hyped football. In the Rugby League community, brutality is very much frowned upon. There is a high level of honesty and mutual respect amongst the players. Something that has been largely lost in the cosmopolitan and effete world of modern football.

Mark FullerAugust 30th 2014.

Glad to see the Labour Exchange go. An oppressive building with the aura and charm of a prison. It must have been horrible signing on there, and even worse being stuck there as an employee all week. Not everything from the past is worth preserving. The period of history in which a building is built, doesn't make it intrinsically interesting. The architect probably saw himself as modern and progressive, but wanted people, especially the imperialistic British, to feel like termites. If the building, in a great leap of imagination, was transformed into apartments, it would become merely banal, which is about as good as it gets with most modern architects.

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James SmithAugust 30th 2014.

Bet you live in a nice Barratt 3 bedroom in a lovely quiet estate. What is happening to Manchester City Center is nothing short of shocking, we seem to be the only city left that has not woken up to preserving heritage. I just don't get it. That building would not have been knocked down in London or possibly any other city, possible some second rate city in Bulgaria or somewhere, they might have done. It's not on and it needs to stop. Booth Street police station next folks, take photo's while you can.

AnonymousAugust 30th 2014.

James old does not mean good, this building was depressing, very few people liked it, you are one of the few.

AnonymousAugust 30th 2014.

And also one of the few who knows of a police station on Booth Street. Someone's mentioned it before on this site....perhaps you're thinking of Bootle Street.

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