A new shop and cafe selling Filipino, Malaysian and other ESEA (East or South East Asian) dishes is being opened in Didsbury this year by two brilliant Manchester street food chefs.
Mama Z and Woks Cluckin, aka Zos and Yen, will be bringing pan-Asian food and drinks, retail, workshops, and supper clubs together all under one roof with a new opening called Yes Lah.
The pair first met at Hatch in 2018. whilst both undertaking street food residencies and quickly developed a strong friendship and professional bond.
Working together hosting supper clubs and helping at each other’s events, the idea of opening a space together was always on the cards. Now, it’s finally coming to fruition.
Having been some five years in the making, the pair were ecstatic to finally reveal the plans for and location of their new site this weekend after being ‘messed about’ for six months by a different venue they had been considering.
Sharing the news with followers on Instagram over the weekend, Zos wrote: “Gosh I can’t believe I can finally reveal what I have kept my gob shut about since last year. It’s true.. Yen and I have now found our forever home and are opening our new venture in the heart of Didsbury!!
“Everyone kept asking me what my plan was or what I was doing next work-wise and since Sept last year we had seen a venue that we wanted to take.
“Unfortunately they messed us about for 6 months and really we had envisioned we would be in there by now. Alas, we had to start all over again but all things happen for a reason and we feel that this new space is the one we have been waiting for. We are ecstatic to have you at our new shop and café called Yes lah!
She continued to explain that the new cafe will celebrate local makers and people the pair have had the pleasure of working with along the years, ‘bringing together our passions under one roof.’
“Expect delicious Filipino, Malaysian and other great ESEA dishes, drinks and groceries. There will be supper clubs, workshops and great local events too. It is so exciting to finally have a base and our permanent home!!!”
“I am finally free of this big secret which was SO hard to keep to myself for ages but I am now pinching myself that we can finally share it with you all. See you all very soon at Yes lah and maraming salamat to everyone who has supported us both through these past 5 years! EEEEKKKK!!!”
To help get Yes Lah up and running, the pair are getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign with a number of different pledges – likely to include meals, supper club tickets, workshops and more.
A look at the plans to turn historic Ancoats mill with rich musical heritage into new apartment complex
Hodder + Partners have just revealed new CGIs and a more detailed look at the plans for their redevelopment of the longstanding Brunswick Mill in Ancoats which is set to become a brand-new apartment complex.
The proposals to turn the once creative space with decades of musical heritage into a new residential site were revealed back in 2021 and approved within just a few months, despite having been met with plenty of resistance given its history and cultural significance.
Nevertheless, Northern company Big Red Construction recently kicked off the £50+ million renovation on behalf of developer Arrowsmith Investments and the apartments are projected to be finished in 2026.
With that in mind, the architectural designers Hodder have just released a new look at what Brunswick Mill is set to look like once completed:
Set to transform the historic industrial mill-turned-creative space and music studios on the edge of New Islington into 153 new apartments, ranging from one, two and three-bedroom residences, the redevelopment will be spread across two phases.
In line with designs by Hodder + Partners, the initial phase involves converting the existing mill building and the construction of new four and seven-storey elements to accommodate the remaining 127 homes on the Bradford Road plot in Ancoats.
Big Red Construction, who are also working on the Peelers Yard building for CERT Property and Myprotein founder Oliver Cookson, are expected to complete phase one by the first quarter of 2026.
Here’s another look at what living space people are already buying up:
Along with Hodder + Partners as architects, the project team also consists of HW Consultancy who are covering structural aspects, Manchester firm Clancy for mechanical and electrical considerations, as well as AM Pyro as fire engineers.
With property company Orlando Reid serving as estate agents for the project, 42 out of the 153 apartments have already been sold off-plan, with managing director Baljit Arora describing it as “an exciting period for all parties involved and for the city of Manchester”.
This is just the latest chapter in the continued regeneration of the Ancoats and the New Islington areas, which remain two of the most heavily re-developed areas in the city centre and Greater Manchester as a whole. You can see other hot properties in and around the region HERE.