After fifteen years spent serving its neighbours in the leafy suburbs, popular Chorlton cocktail bar and vegetarian kitchen Proof has been forced to close its doors.
A fixture in Chorlton since 2007, Proof Bar & Kitchen opened for its final swan song over the weekend -leaving its fans heartbroken as it gave them just one night’s notice to come in and say their goodbyes.
Sharing the news of its imminent closure with followers on its social media pages, Proof owners Carly and Andy Hick wrote: “2007-2023. We are opening tonight from 5pm for our swansong. If you can make it down, we’d love to say goodbye.
“Thank you so much for having us, Chorlton x”
A popular haunt amongst Chorlton locals for its vegetarian-led snack boards and weekend brunch menu, Proof was also known as one of the area’s longest-serving cocktail bars – even getting a mention in Difford’s Guide.
In a review published in 2009, the guide wrote: “Back in Sept ’07, when local bartender Andy Hick saw this former Indian then Thai restaurant he had a vision to turn it into an upscale cocktail lounge and the fact it was miles from the centre of Manchester amongst the chimney tops of Chorlton did not phaze him the slightest.
“Two years on he has proven to be right and the locals which have turned regulars much appreciate his commitment.”
The post from Proof has since been liked hundreds of times online, with innumerable customers taking to the comments to share their reaction to the news.
One person wrote: “Our favourite bar in Chorlton. Wishing lots of luck to you Carly & Andy”
Another person said: “You are such a big part of my history! Proof, I wouldn’t be who I am without you and Winederlust would not exist without THE Mr Andy Hick”
A third added: “So sad to hear this, all the very best in your future. Thank you for getting us through lockdown and beyond! You’ll be missed”
Habas restaurant in Manchester announces shock closure – with huge closing-down discount
Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant launched by the team behind El Gato Negro, has announced its shock closure.
The subterranean restaurant will be going out with a bang though, promising one last knees-up with a big discount.
Habas will be doing 25% off its entire food and drink menu this New Year’s Eve so that fans of the eatery can raise a glass to the Manchester restaurant.
They’re also hoping that Mancs will raise a glass to new beginnings, teasing a brand new concept.
Habas is located at Brown Street in Manchester city centre and has been serving up its Middle Eastern menu since 2021.
It comes from Mills Hill Developments Limited, the company also responsible for El Gato Negro and Canto, fronted by celebrated chef Simon Shaw.
Habas has stressed that its closure ‘is not forever’ as it announces details of its New Year’s Eve closing down party.
You can ring in the new year with a selection of mezze dishes, sharing platters and small plates, feasting on chicken tagine and traditional tzatziki, all 25% off on Sunday 31 December.
Drinks, too, like the cranberry elderflower martini, blackberry ginger smash and clementine daquiri will be with 25% off.
Simon Shaw, Chef Parton at Mills Hill Developments Limited, said: “As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way.
“Throughout December, Habas, will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks. We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah!
“We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.
“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”