A popular vegan takeaway in Chorlton has announced its permanent closure.
Zad’s was the first fully-vegan takeaway in the UK when it opened its doors on Barlow Moor Road in 2017.
Since then, vegan junk food has grown in popularity and plant-based alternatives crop up on menus across the nation.
The takeaway is famed for its pizzas, as well as its range of meat-free burgers, cauliflower wings, and macaroni cheese.
The owners of Zad’s have been looking for a buyer for the business, but say ‘the time has come to close our doors’ for good.
Last year, they posted: “Zad’s is looking for a new owner and is going on the market for sale. Like many people, I have taken a lot of time over the last eighteen months or so to reassess many things and have come to the difficult realisation that I’m not the right person for Zad’s – I have a full time job which I love, a young family and a growing list of voluntary charitable commitments which just mean I don’t have the time to give to Zad’s that it deserves.
“Zad’s was started as a bit of fun, to give Manchester the vegan pizza it so desperately needed and there is still a huge need for what we do today.
“We have a huge fanbase and if the last eighteen months has taught us anything, it’s that when Zad’s gets the attention it deserves, great things happen. We flourished through lockdown and provided an incredibly important service to all of our wonderful customers when you needed us most.”
Sadly, the Chorlton takeaway has now announced that it’s been unable to find someone to take over, and it will close after a few last celebrations.
The business is revisiting some of its most popular specials over the coming weeks before it closes on Sunday 24 July.
Zad’s posted on Instagram: “Well… after almost a full year of trying to find a buyer for Zad’s, the time has come to close our doors.
“We will be celebrating our 5th birthday on Thursday 21st July and will close our doors for the final time on Sunday 24th July. It’s been a hell of a rollercoaster and thank you all for your support over the last 5 years.
“More updates coming on our plans for the next 4 weeks, including specials, and details of how we can get our food to everyone before we close. I’m sure they’ll be a blog post before long too, with all the details around our decision to close.”
Fans of the takeaway have expressed their dismay to see the business close.
One person wrote: “What a shame. Absolutely paved the way for vegan junk food in Manchester.”
Another said: “You guys were the trailblazers of vegan fast food in Manchester.”
Someone else commented: “Such a massive shame. Goodbye to the best vegan takeaway pizza ever.”
Featured image:Instagram, @zadsmcr
New Wave Ramen’s new takeover series is spotlighting the best noods in the game
Manc favourite New Wave Ramen recently launched a brand-new takeover series spotlighting other knowledgeable noodle heads and soup specialists from around the UK, and it’s going down an absolute storm.
The ramen game in Manchester continues to grow year after year and we’re lucky enough to have a plethora of broth-brewing pros right on our doorstep, with New Wave being one of the most popular anywhere in the city.
Making a name for themselves over in Mackie Mayor before building on that success to open up their first brick-and-mortar site over on Tib Lane last year, they’ve become a cornerstone of the cuisine and overall Japanese scene here in 0161, so it’s no wonder other contemporaries have noticed.
After catching eyes all over the country, New Wave held their first collaboration of 2024 earlier this month, inviting Cardiff’s highly-celebrated Matsudai Ramen ’round for the first of many kitchen takeovers and, suffice to say, the gaff was completely packed out. But that was just the start…
The two have teamed up before but it’s still a huge deal to have the two ramen masters teaming up for the new Tib Lane takeover, with New Wave set to welcome their fellow brothy brethren on 17 March and given the success of the previous event, we expect spaces to full up just as quick.
Here’s what you can expect to be slurping if you sign up for the next iteration of the takeover series: all the good stuff and plenty of it.
They say ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ — utter nonsense in this case, sorry.
We will happily sit back and watch some of the greatest ramen restaurants in Britain collide to bring their expertise together in wonderful little bowls of flavourful umami bombs and drink up every last drop until we burst, thank you very much.
The New Wave x Kanada-Ya crossover night takes place from 12-10pm on Sunday, 17 March and those interested are urged to book HERE if they want to make sure they don’t miss out on a seat.
We’re really excited by this takeover series and, if you’re a fan of noods (not that kind, cheeky), you should be too; plus if you’re looking for the very best ramen in Manchester, you can check out our list of the top 10 in full down below:
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Peaky Blinders Manchester gains official TV show license — and they’re having a big party to celebrate
Peaky Blinders Manchester site has been officially licensed by the much-loved British TV series and they’re throwing a big ol’ party in full 1920s fashionto toast the occasion.
Originally set up as a separate entity from the show back in 2018, the popular bottomless brunch spot, restaurant and bar has become a familiar face on the hospitality and late-night scene, spawning many, but it’s only until now that the flagship Manchester venue has officially partnered with the show.
Just in time to mark the iconic franchise’s 10th anniversary this year, the group agreed on a deal with Peaky Blinders‘ media company Banijay Rights to provide proper licensing to the bar right here in the city centre.
There are multiple spin-offs all over the UK but it’s only the Manchester location that can now claim to be the officially licensed Peaky Blinders bar, so why not have a big bash to celebrate? We’ll cheers a glass of whiskey or two to that.
For anyone who’s never been, situated on Peter Street in the heart of the busy Deansgate strip. Peaky Blinders Manchesteris a real destination venue for any big fan of the show who might also fancy some good food, a cheeky tipple and live entertainment while they’re at it.
All done in a roaring 1920s twist — flappers girls and men dressed like gangsters straight out of the hit show — it’s all about immersing yourself in the spirit of the place and there’s no better way than getting involved with their big anniversary knees-up on Friday, March 1.
Complete with actors who stay in character, as well as an extensive range of Peaky Blinders-themed cocktails like the ‘Monaghan Boy’, ‘Solomon’s Silence’ and ‘Dirty Ada’; plenty of live music and all the glitz and glamour you’d hope for, it’s going to be a ball.
As for scran, the menu includes classic homemade dishes with a Peaky Blinders twist and, for one night only, you can even book on to their two-hour bottomless brunch deal beforehand.
The interiorPeaky Blinders’ bottomless brunch is a local faveCredit: Supplied/The Manc Eats
Speaking on the newly-forged official partnership, Group Director of Licensing and Merchandising for Banijay, David Christopher, said:“We love to offer fans the chance to inhabit the incredible world of Peaky Blinders, and a venue like this, which is enjoyed by so many people, complements our portfolio of immersive entertainment.
Bringing Peaky Blinders Manchesteron board as an official licensee ensures customers can enjoy an experience synonymous with the integrity, quality and character of the series.”
A great way not only to round off the month but kick into March with a drink in hand and a swing in your step, there are still tickets left for the Peaky Blinders 10th anniversary party at their Peter Street venue and you can grab yours HERE and general admission is completely free.