It was announced last Friday that the city centre’s staple metal music and gig venue would be permanently closing its doors after 20 years – with the venue confirming on social media that it would “not be reopening the way it was”.
Devastated punters even decided to take matters into their own hands and launch a petition to save the venue – which eventually amassed over 900 signatures.
But just days later, Grand Central appears to have been rescued.
A reopening date has been set for Thursday 5 August – with owners claiming they “endeavour to keep the ethos and music policy of Grand Central alive and growing far into the future”.
“We know that after this very difficult year for the hospitality industry, we are going to find it difficult at times,” Grand Central’s owners continued.
“But with the wealth of experience in the industry that we bring to the table and the support of the regulars old and new and the amazing community that Grand Central is at the heart of, we will succeed.”
The immediate plans are to re-open ‘Subway’ in the basement of the legendary venue “as soon as humanly possible” and to start booking bands, live acts and DJs.
Owners are also looking to start working with promoters to bring some “amazing new nights” to the venue.
Featured Image – Grand Central
Food & Drink
Hit Christmas market stall opens permanently at Piccadilly Gardens
Crunch Korean Gansig has become a must-try foodie stall at the Manchester Christma Markets, now it’s pulled up at Picadilly Gardens permanently.
The hit Korean hot dog stall has wowed visitors over the past few years with its cheese, potato and meat-filled creations.
Deep-fried in a crispy waffle coating and then lightly rolled in sugar, these sausages on a stick come drizzled in sweet ketchup and mustard.
Incredibly moreish if we do say so ourselves, since first making their appearance at the 2021 Manchester Christmas Markets they’ve consistently been ranked one of the event’s best food traders.
Now, thanks to a new permanent stall popping up where it all began for the team, Manc foodies can enjoy their hot meaty and cheesy Korean goodies all year long.
Popular flavour choices include all-cheese, all-sausage and half-and-half versions, with a vegetarian-friendly cheese-filled version wrapped in a potato waffle coating, and halal-friendly options that are made using separate batter and fryers.
This really is a hot dog stand that caters to everyone. With owners having previously said they would work on a vegan hot dog once they got their own permanent stand, we don’t expect the plant-powered gang will be left waiting too much longer.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the Crunch Korean Gansig team wrote: “Hey guys, we’ve got exciting news to share! We are launching a new market stall in the Piccadilly garden street food market from tomorrow.
“After two years of successful Christmas trading, we are ready to take on a new challenge, and love to serve our hotdogs to you guys again!
“So come on down to the market and say hi, we love to see you there! See you soon!”
Fans of the Korean hot dog stall have responded to the news with enthusiasm, flooding into the comments to share their excitement.
One person wrote: “So excited we will have to go!!”
Another person said: “Nooooo stop!!! I’m so happy I could cry”
Officially open as of 1 June, find them at the Piccadilly Garden Street Food Market.
Featured image – The Manc Eats
Food & Drink
All the June Manchester restaurant deals, discounts and offers you need in 2023
There are a surprising number of places doing some big 50% off deals in Manchester this month, and we’re so here for it.
From half-price brunches, tapas and burgers to meal deals under a tenner and set menus for less than £30, use these offers to save a pretty penny and support your favourite local restaurants and bars at the same time.
Keep reading to discover the best dining deals in Manchester this June.
50% off food and drink – Manchester June dining deals