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Lunya is closing its Manchester restaurant for good after five years in the city

They won’t be reopening after lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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Lunya is to close its Manchester branch after the restrictions are lifted due to COVID-19. 

Lunya Manchester is one of three Lunya sites in the North West, and the owners have stated that: “the impact of COVID-19 has been profound on our business and we cannot survive the future with three restaurant sites.”

To try and remain open, Lunya discussed with landlords, lenders and government agencies to secure additional funding and support but have been unsuccessful in any of these.

Lunya states: “In the close to five years that we have been open, Lunya has been taken to heart by Mancunians, supporting us every step of the way.

“Our highlights being awarded the MEN City Life restaurant of the Year in our first year of opening and being listed in the Good Food Guide for every year we have been open. We have been successful on so many levels and have loved every minute of it.”

The statement from the owners also explains that Brexit has had a hugely negative impact on their business, stating: “The last two years since the Brexit referendum have presented additional challenges for everyone in the hospitality industry, and especially us as a hugely import-focused business.

“With declining consumer confidence, a huge drop in the Euro exchange rate and large increases in business rates, general costs and overheads, this has meant significant cost pressures and taken together with the devastating impact of the closure from the Coronavirus, it has made Lunya Manchester financially untenable, and our current site too expensive to operate from for as long as we can see.”

The two Liverpool sites will remain open with the statement explaining that ‘we think we can manage with two sites opening with partial covers, whenever the government allows us to’.

Back in March, Lunya shared an impassioned tweet to the Prime Minister about the action from the government needed for businesses. It was seen by 2 million people.

The Manchester staff remain furloughed and Lunya promises to maintain this for as long as possible, envisaging this to finish at the end of August. 

They have started a statutory redundancy consultation and have urged any other restaurants looking for chefs, waiters, retail staff, bar staff and managers to look to their huge talent in their team.

The statement finishes with: We have wonderful customers and hope through our online, local deliveries and other events we will still enjoy their support and serve them – just in a different way. It will be more ‘hasta pronto’ rather than ‘adios’. Manchester hasn’t seen the last of us. 

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There’s a new bottomless Mexican brunch with tacos and unlimited frozen margaritas

Just when you thought Manchester’s bottomless brunch scene couldn’t get any better…

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The Mexican bottomless brunch deal you never knew you needed has landed in Manchester, and it looks incredible.

The good people at El Capo, situated in the Northern Quarter, have unveiled their brand new bottomless deal, which comes complete with tasty tacos and unlimited frozen margs – classic, frozen, fruity and spicy alike.

And for those who get a headache just from the smell of tequila, they’ve also added bottomless bottles of Sol and mimosas to their brunch offering.

On the food side of things, each taco serving comes in a set of three, with a number of tempting fillings to choose from.

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For the vegetarians, there’s the Ha Ha Halloumi, which comes filled with grilled halloumi, lime aioli, melon and pineapple salsa, or the Badboy Beef Chilli for the meat-eaters, complete with chilli, sour cream, guacamole and crunchy nachos.

High Steaks comes with rump steak, shoestring fries, chipotle mayo and peppers, while the classic Porky Carnitas contains pork with zingy slaw, pico hot sauce and El Capo’s homemade pickles.

There’s also Grilled Prawns with salsa verde and the Cheeky Chicken with cajun chicken, avocado salsa, pomegranate pico and sour cream.

And for the plant-based guests can enjoy the Roasted Cauliflower taco, which contains a spiced chickpea and chipotle mayo.

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Each guest gets six tacos from the menu (two fillings in sets of three), and ninety minutes of bottomless booze to enjoy to their heart’s content.

The bottomless deal is available every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm, and costs just £35 per person.

Get your table booked here.

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Huge festival with Mexican, Cuban and other Latin American foods is coming this summer

The festival will offer a wide range of Cuban, Mexican and Brazilian dishes across the weekend

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To celebrate the arrival of summer, Manchester is set to welcome an all-new food festival boasting the finest cuisine Latin America has to offer.

Taking over GRUB’s summer terrace next month for three days, the Latin American Food Fair will showcase tasty dishes from far-flung locations such as Cuba, Brazil and Mexico courtesy of some of Manchester’s most celebrated independent traders.

First on the line up is Bread and Butter BBQ, a Green Quarter-based dark kitchen specialising in Brazilian churrasco.

At the festival, they will be offering a menu of Brazilian-style burgers, breakfast items and barbecued steak and chips, which comes with a flavourful rump cap ‘Picanha’ cut of beef served on top of chunky chips and a vinaigrette and rocket salad.

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Also on the line up is Pollard Yard’s newest resident Crunched Tacos, which has become famed for its innovative approach to taco toppings and flavours.

Their unique flavour combinations include pulled pork with a ‘Dark Fruits’ sauce and a sprinkling of bacon-flavoured Frazzles, as well as Cornflake-fried chicken with buttermilk crema and a garnish of Rice Krispies and Cuban Surf food.

Cubanitos will also be on hand across the event to serve up a wonderful selection of Cuban-inspired dishes, including loaded fries, hotdogs, burgers and sandwiches.

Mexican street food vendor El Contador concludes the line up with its soft shell taco selection, alongside Marzipan for those looking for a sweet treat.

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On the drinks side of things, Salford’s very own Witch Kings Rum will be on hand to serve up some seriously tasty rum-based, Latin American-inspired cocktails.

The Latin American Food Fair will be taking over GRUB’S summer terrace on Friday July 29th (12pm-10pm), Saturday July 30th (12pm-6pm) and Sunday July 31st (12pm-6pm).

The festival will be free to enter, though booking a table in advance is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Get booked in here.

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COMING SOON: A rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views is opening in Manchester

Climat will serve a daily-changing menu of ‘food you want to eat’

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Manchester is set to welcome a new rooftop restaurant boasting dazzling panoramic views of the city.

The brains behind Chester’s celebrated wine bar and restaurant Covino will be transforming the rooftop of Blackfriars House into Climat, their new wine-led restaurant and bar.

Blackfriars House recently underwent a multi-million-pound refurbishment, and now boasts a co-working space, a lounge with a fireplace, podcast studio, 1920s-style reading room, seventy-seat auditorium and an independent coffee shop.

And as part of its ethos to blend work and lifestyle, the company has now unveiled its collaboration with Covino, which will see the launch of a brand new rooftop dining concept this autumn.

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Climat will serve a seasonal, daily-changing menu that they say will simply be ‘food you want to eat’, alongside an extensive wine list boasting 250 varieties focused on the Burgundy region.

Charlotte Wild, Head of Retail and Leisure at Bruntwood Works, said: “As we are seeing a big return to the city centre post-covid, it felt it was the right time to launch this extraordinary new dining and drinking space in Manchester.

“Climat will bring a unique experience to this exciting part of the city. With an eclectic wine range and seasonally inspired food in a beautiful new destination dining spot, it’s set to be an inspiring addition to Manchester.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Chris and his team to our Blackfriars community – they have an amazing vision and will complement this beautiful building perfectly.

“For us, hospitality is completely central to the workplace of the future and so to have such a high-quality offering at Blackfriars makes perfect sense.”

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Christopher Laidler, owner of Covino and Climat restaurants, added: “It’s great to get our foot in the door in Manchester. It represents a big step up for us. The site has so much to offer and we’re going to add something special to a great city.

“The space will be unique to others with its panoramic views and we can’t wait to share our progress during the build leading up to opening in autumn… Ultimately we want our guests to have a great dining experience and come and share our passion for really good food and drink.”

Covino started life as a small 300 square foot restaurant and bar in 2016. It quickly outgrew its first location after two years, and moved to a bigger premises around the corner where it transformed into a fully-fledged restaurant.

Make sure to follow Convino and Bruntwood Works on Instagram to stay posted with news and updates.

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