Stock Market Grill, the restaurant opened inside Gary Neville’s Stock Exchange Hotel by the award-winning Schofield brothers, has revealed it has closed for good.
Having opened with a lot of fanfare at the start of March, the team has released a statement this morning announcing the site’s shock closure after just over three months.
The last day of service at the restaurant was on Sunday 2 July. As of today, the space will continue to serve breakfast and in-room dining to hotel guests but it will no longer be operating as Stock Market Grill.
Working alongside chef Joshua Reed-Cooper (previously at The French with Simon Rogan, with Sam Buckley at Where the Light Gets In and at Michelin-starred Mana) and wine expert James Brandwood, the brothers opened The Stock Market Grill opened with a lot of fanfare in March this year.
No strangers to the world of hospitality, the duo have vast amounts of experience working in some of the world’s best bars and have spent the past few years opening a string of award-winning drinking dens of their own.
However, after dipping their toe into the restaurant world, it appears that the brothers have had a change of heart and will now be refocusing on their Sterling bar concept which is located underneath the hotel in a former bank vault.
A statement by the team shared with The Manc on Monday reads: “Stock Exchange Hotel have taken the decision to close the doors to STOCK MARKET GRILL, as of 3rd July 23.
“The restaurant will, however, continue to serve breakfast and in-room dining to all overnight guests.
“In the meantime, the focus will be on STERLING, the premium cocktail bar located in The Vault at the Stock Exchange Hotel. The team are continuing to develop the STERLING concept and its offering.”
The news is quite a turnaround from three months prior, when Joe Schofield spoke to The Manc ahead of the restaurant’s launch, saying: “We’re really excited to be opening our first restaurant, myself, Daniel and James are very passionate about food and visiting restaurants.
“We do have twenty years experience in world class restaurants, and we’ve got the opportunity to work with the hotel and put a restaurant in, we jumped at the chance.
“We’ve got a great relationship with the hotel, when we were having conversations about opening a restaurant it felt natural and it felt organic and we’ve put together a concept that we’re really excited about.
“Our hopes for the restaurant are to create an experience that guests love to come in and visit and enjoy the food. That’s what’s most important thing for us, people come and really love their experience in terms of the service, the hospitality and the food.”
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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.