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Our foxy logoman trawls the city and finds the Hacienda rebuilt.

Published on March 30th 2007.


The Hacienda returns
The iconic club on Whitworth Street West has returned further down the same street in a downsized version - as Sleuth’s pic shows. The new tapas place will feature Flesh every night although cross-dressing won’t be obligatory. Rumours that the Tortilla Española will leave punters with acid need to be researched though. Meanwhile Sleuth hears that American magazine Newsweek have lined the place up for a cover story with the working title 24hour Party Pizza. Dave Haslam has yet to confirm which night he will be DJing.

Wilson in the frame – deal of the week
A few metres away at the site of the original Hacienda, architects Jefferson Sheard, who occupy the ground floor, have put Manc legend Anthony H Wilson up for sale in the window. You can buy the b/w photograph shown here for a mere £450. Check out the price tag in the window though and for a mere £550 you can buy the pic and get an original Hacienda brick. The brick is normally £195, so this is a saving of £95. Life is good. By the way Tony W – our Greatest Living Mancunian of the week – is doing well following his cancer. In fact he’s got friends ferrying him out on country jaunts and delivering him fine foods.

Blobbing in and out
Sleuth with his finely cut Mac has won Best Dressed Man in Manchester on several occasions. Thus, this Saturday he’ll be down at Dr Livvys on High Street at the Hidden Urban Project. Here he’s looking forward to sampling the wares of 35 stalls selling clothes, accessories, jewellery, art, food and home wares from up and coming designers. Hopefully the atmosphere will be better than the last time Sleuth found himself on these premises, in its former incarnation of The Blob Shop. On that occasion he was chased out by some interesting looking gentlemen with body odour problems who objected to his use of long, difficult and posh words such as 'corrugated' and 'lemonade'.

White Lion gets crab claws
Long established city restaurateur Rose has for the past few years looked after the atmospheric and ancient White Lion pub on Liverpool Road. A famously Red boozer this has hosted many a Coronation Street star’s drunken humbling. Sleuth can’t say whether Bruce Jones has visited recently but if was to drop in he might enjoy a variation on the usual pub grub. Rose has introduced a Chinese eat in and take out menu – Special chow mein for £5.95 – that sort of thing. Castlefield flat dwellers too lazy to cook can call 0161 832 7373 until 11.30pm if they want to tuck in. And by the way Sleuth knows that like all good pubs, the White Lion has a resident ghost.

Lack of Direction
Sleuth attended the best organised Awards event of the season in Manchester on Monday night – the Northern Hospitality Awards. The table arrangements, the food, the signage and so on were impeccable, down to the smug dimple on presenter Gordon Burns’ smug chin. Manchester won nothing, not even Odder on Oxford Road for Best Bar, which was disappointing. Even more puzzling was the definition of North. The Best Restaurant Award went to Winteringham Fields in….no, not, Yorkshire, Northumberland, Merseyside or any such place but in Lincolnshire. Sleuth was sat next to a geography teacher with corduroy patches on his jacket and they couldn’t make it out. Anyway suffice to say the organisers have had a rush of entries from Cornwall for the next awards.

BBC definitely coming North
Sleuth can reveal that the BBC will definitely make the move to the Quays. A classified ad in the BBC in-house paper Ariel reads ‘Beat the Crowd – move to Manchester’. For £185,000 you can buy a 1 bedroom flat on the tenth floor of the Edge. The contact number is in London, the Edge is in Salford. What happened with people knowing where things are this week? Or maybe the vendor thinks that Manchester is a more prestigious address than Salford? Surely not.

If Confidential readers have any news, gossip - or issues they want to get off their chest - then contact sleuth@manchesterconfidential.com

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