A vegetarian and vegan bistro in Levenshulme is serving a menu that allows customers to pay what they feel to help those struggling with the cost of living.
The Gherkin restaurant originally launched a free meal service to help Ukrainian refugees settling into Manchester, but its owner has since made the decision to extend the Monday night deal to everyone who needs it.
Owner Jamie Whittaker first began cooking free meals at his restaurant for refugees after returning from a humanitarian outreach mission to Ukraine in March.
As the months passed, however, he realised that more people from the wider community would stand to benefit from the communal dining sessions, and has now moved to offer a ‘pay as you feel’ option to locals who’d like to join in.
Whilst refugees can still eat for free, others are encouraged to pay what they can towards a dish of their choice – choosing from a set menu of six to seven dishes, featuring The Gherkin’s popular Sunday roast and a selection of its beloved burgers.
A recent post advertising the ‘pay as you feel’ nights promised “curries, hot dogs, soups, falafel salad ,& more”
Owners wrote: “We are aware that people are struggling with the inflation of practically everything so we have decided to help you out. Literally pay what you feel ( can ) for all meals at the gherkin on Monday. All welcome.”
Whilst hard-up guests contribute whatever they can afford, those who happen to be more well off are also given the option to ‘pay it forward’, either by buying a meal for someone else or by making a cash donation to the restaurant to help it continue its good work.
The restaurant has also set up a ‘Kindness Kabinet’, inviting people to leave donations for others in need ranging from clothing to food, books and toys.
‘Pay as you feel’ meals are served every Monday from 4-9pm, with promises that no one will be turned away hungry for being unable to pay. Drinks are a normal price but tap water is free.
Feature image – The Gherkin
Outdated Manchester building could become new ‘innovation hub’ as part of £1.7bn transformation plans
An outdated Manchester building could be “reactivated” into a brand-new innovation hub as part of ambitious transformation plans.
The Renold Building – which dates back to 1962, and was the first of its kind UK at the time – will take on a new lease of life, and become a home for “forward-thinking entrepreneurs and SMEs” to develop new ideas and solutions that will help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges.
ID Manchester is an “ambitious” plan to transform the University’s former North Campus into a “welcoming and accessible” new £1.7 billion innovation district.
According to UoM, the new vision for the Renold Building will celebrate its history as an educational hub by hosting the next wave of science and technology innovators, and building an inclusive and purpose-driven community.
The city centre building will provide a range of coworking, office, and meeting facilities to accommodate and support collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses, and partner organisations.
On top of this, new events and exhibition spaces – including lecture theatres, and a community cafe – will be accessible to local businesses, community groups, and arts and culture organisations as part of the project, so that they have the chance to host and participate in a wide range of engaging events and activities.
“The Renold Building will be an invaluable place to bring together like-minded organisations and partners to collaborate, develop, and test new ideas,” commented John Holden, who is the Associate Vice-President for Major Special Projects at UoM.
“We’re building our innovation ecosystem from the ground up, and the Renold Building will be a place that not only accelerates the growth of our city’s most promising entrepreneurs, SMEs and university spin-outs, but also provides the spaces and opportunities to allow our local communities to participate, experience and benefit from innovation too.”
An application to convert the building from educational to commercial use has been submitted to Manchester City Council, UoM and Bruntwood SciTech have confirmed.
Pending application approval, the building is set to open in late 2024.
Featured Image – UoM
GMP makes public appeal after ‘violent assault’ in Manchester Arndale
Police are appealing to the public for information after a “violent assault” took place inside Manchester Arndale last week.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:30pm last Friday evening (23 February).
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has explained that officers were called to reports of a section 18 assault inside the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre, and when they arrived on the scene promptly after, found that a man had sustained injuries.
The man, who is said to be 19-years-old, was taken to hospital shortly after as a result of his injuries, but according to police, these are not believed to be “life-threatening or life-changing”.
GMP has made a public appeal after a ‘violent assault’ in Manchester Arndale last week / Credit: GMP
A police investigation into the investigation has subsequently begun, and is now proceeding with enquires currently ongoing – which is why GMP has decided to issue an urgent appeal to the public for information, footage, and any potential witnesses.
No arrests have been made at this time, GMP confirmed.
“This was a violent assault that occurred in a public place early Friday evening,” explained Detective Inspector Natalie McDonald in her appeal.
“Thankfully, the victim was not seriously harmed, but we absolutely will not tolerate such violent behaviour and are carrying out extensive enquiries to trace the person responsible and hold them to account.”