Inside Rudy’s beautiful, brand new Manchester pizza restaurant

It's taken the old Dawson's Music and turned it into possibly Rudy's most beautiful restaurant yet

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 4th May 2023

Rudy’s is almost ready to open the doors to its beautiful new pizzeria on Portland Street in Manchester city centre, and it’s quite a looker.

This local success story has taken over the former Dawson’s Music site, kitting it out with its signature mix of plywood and plants.

The star of the show for this latest Rudy’s opening – joining existing restaurants in Ancoats and on Peter Street – is the huge double-height windows.

And with its location directly opposite the infamous Britannia hotel, you’re in for some good people-watching with your pizza.

This massive site will soon be home to Rudy’s first pizza school, which will train more than 100 pizza chefs in this first year alone.


Until then, there’s space for 120 diners across the ground floor and a mezzanine level, across a mixture of booth seating and tall chairs overlooking the kitchen.

Overhead, plants hang from the high ceilings, and sprays of flowers are displayed in Campari soda bottles on the tables.


There’s an outside terrace too, surrounded by more plants.

Rudy’s first launched right here in Manchester in 2015 – now it’s gone on to open 16 sites across the UK. Quite the local success story…

Rudy’s Portland Street officially opens its doors on Saturday.

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Featured image: The Manc Group