Another Heart to Feed is opening a new bar in the Northern Quarter

It will take over the space formerly home to swanky cocktail bar Mecanica

Georgina Pellant Georgina Pellant - 18th April 2023

First, it came to Burton Road to wow us with its beetroot hummus and avocado feta toast, then it opened a brunch cafe and wine bar on Stevenson Square selling some of the fittest French toast in town.

Now, the team behind Another Heart to Feed has its sights set on a new project as its plans to open a new bar opposite Ramona on Swan Street are revealed.

Called The Wayfarer, plans seen by The Manc suggest it will not look dissimilar from another of the restaurant group’s neighbouring bars, The Freemount, with a green-tiled exterior and covered outdoor seating for al fresco drinking and dining on warmer nights.

Located just around the corner, if plans are successful new bar opening The Wayfarer will take over the former Mecanica unit which is located on the corner of Oldham Street and Swan Street.

Designs by studio RECOM Solutions show a mixture of green tiling and floor-to-ceiling black windows, with wooden benches stretching the length of the exterior down both roads – suggesting this will be quite the suntrap drinking destination when summer arrives.

Croissant French toast at Another Heart To Feed. / Image: AHTF
Image: Another Heart To Feed

However, it does not seem that a licensing application has been submitted to Manchester City Council yet so, whilst the plans look impressive, the new opening may be a while off still.

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RECOM is also currently working on the opening of Pot Kettle Black’s new customer bakery and coffee shop, Half Dozen Other, which is set to open in the Red Bank Arches later this year.

The team is working on converting a 4,500 sq ft warehouse into an artisan cafe and bakery serving freshly-baked breads, sweet and savoury Veniosserie, focaccias, cakes and modern takes on traditional favourites, with a design that will allow customers to see the magic taking place in the bakehouse kitchen.

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Half Dozen Other will soon join a growing number of independent food outlets in the area, as its ten neighbouring arches have just been bought by The Arch Company which intends to spend £4m converting them into restaurants and shops.

Featured image – RECOM Solutions