Luxury steak and champagne bar Ikaro shuts down less than a year after opening

It only made it nine months.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 27th June 2024

A luxurious restaurant in Manchester city centre has shut its doors only nine months after opening.

It appears that Ikaro, the lavish steak restaurant and champagne bar that had moved into the former site of the iconic nightclub Panacea, has already closed down.

The space had been transformed last September into a modern 84-seat restaurant, filled with black marble and dark velvet furniture, along with massive screens outside projecting colourful digital art onto John Dalton Street.

Ikaro’s menu was split into two portions – fire and ice – and included dishes like grilled lobster tails, Japanese A5 Wagyu steak, torched hand dived scallops and bluefin tuna otoro.

There also used to be a huge selection of champagne, including frequently-changing selections of rare bottles available until 2.30am.


Company director, Zack Issak, said at the time of the Ikaro opening: “It’s long overdue that this popular space opened its doors once more and we’re thrilled to be able to do that.

“IKaro will create an unforgettable experience from start to finish. Guests will enjoy a choice of the world’s finest Champagnes, paired with the best Wagyu steaks and seafood on the market.”


But despite such lofty ambitions, it does seem that Ikaro has gone for good.

All the social pages for the restaurant have vanished, it’s listed as permanently closed on Google, and emails to book a table now bounce straight back.

Ikaro was opened by the same team behind SakkuSamba and the brand-new Habbibi, a decadent Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant in Spinningfields.


SakkuSamba closed at the end of May for ‘an exciting refurbishment and upgrade’ but hasn’t yet reopened.

The Manc has approached Ikaro for comment.

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