A popular Italian restaurant group in Manchester has revealed it will be operating under a new name going forward.
Cibo Manchester, which has two sites in the city centre, has rebranded as Italiana Fifty Five Manchester following a challenge from a rival business.
In a statement regarding the name change, effective from today, a representative from Italiana Fifty Five Manchester told The Manc: “While we have cherished the Cibo name and the brand we’ve built, we don’t consider the name to be of utmost importance.
“Our staff and customers are our focus and delivering exceptional service and quality food is what we need to get back to concentrating on.
“To avoid wasting any more time […] we have made the decision to rebrand.”
The restaurant group closed its doors on Monday 19 June for a full site rebrand, replacing its signage and menus to reflect its new moniker as well as updating its website and social media handles.
The group’s popular food and drink offering, however, remains the same as before and both its Great Northern Warehouse and Castlefield restaurants will continue to serve up a host of tasty Italian favourites going forward.
Offering everything from classic pasta and hearty meat dishes to traditional pizzas, chargrilled steaks, and homemade Italian desserts, going forward the team will focus on what it does best – serving great Italian food.
Diners can choose their dishes from a large a la carte menu, or opt to save a few pennies by dining from one of Italiana Fifty Five’s express menus where prices for two courses start at just £14.
The restaurant’s popular bottomless brunch offer, which sees diners treated to a three-course Italian feast with ninety minutes of unlimited Aperol Spritz, will also continue to run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 12 and 3pm at their Great Northern Branch.
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Inside One Eight Six as Manchester cocktail bar finally reopens two years after devastating New Year’s Eve fire
One Eight Six, the Manchester cocktail bar that was destroyed in a blaze on New Year’s Eve, is finally ready to reopen.
The stunning subterranean bar and live music venue has been closed since the very early hours of 2022, when a fire broke out shortly after the midnight countdown.
Terrifying CCTV footage at the time showed balloons across the ceiling catching fire and around 170 people fleeing the blaze.
It’s since been confirmed that the cause of the fire was real pine Christmas trees that were fastened to the ceiling, set alight by celebratory sparklers inside the bar.
Ever since that fateful night, One Eight Six has been quiet – until now.
The popular Deansgate bar is finally ready to quite literally rise from the ashes, having undergone an extensive refurbishment.
Its interior was completely destroyed in the New Year’s Eve fire, but has been reborn better than ever before.
Customers will again enter the bar through a barbershop at street level, with in incredible twisting neon light feature hanging from the ceiling.
Then after heading down the stairs you’ll find yourself in an art deco speakeasy, with the stage set for live music until the early hours.
Huge curved velvet booths in shades of pink and red will provide guests with a luxurious night out setting.
One Eight Six has installed opulent black marble floors and glowing light arches too – not to mention a giant ‘One Eight Six’ sign in mirrors.
Walls and pillars have been covered in even more mirrors to reflect the huge mirror ball and stage lights.
Founder Dean Mac said: “After nearly two years, we are finally allowed to be back on our feet giving the people of Manchester what they have been waiting so patiently for.
“Thank you again for sticking with us and supporting our journey this far. This new chapter of ONE EIGHT SIX will be better than ever. Same vibe. Same location. Just a whole lot sexier…”
It’s all looking pretty luxurious – just like before.
One Eight Six will officially open its doors this weekend on Deansgate, with bookings live here.