Glamorous new Manchester restaurant Habbibi releases statement after firearm found at launch party

'This is of course not how we wanted to start our journey'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 11th June 2024

A firearm has been found inside a lavish new Manchester restaurant in the middle of an equally lavish launch party.

Habbibi has now released a statement after police were called to its star-studded opening on Saturday evening.

The beautiful restaurant opened this week in Spinningfields, serving a fusion of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food that’s made it a huge hit over in Leeds.

But during its launch party, a member of the Habbibi team discovered a firearm on site and GMP were called.

The weapon was removed from the premises and the venue has said all guests were ‘completely safe’.


A police investigation has now been launched to determine how the firearm came to be on site.

GMP has said that ‘suspected drugs’ were also seized and sent off for testing.


Habbibi said it has been ‘saddened and shocked’ by what they have stressed is an ‘isolated incident’.

Since the firearm was found in the middle of its launch night, the restaurant has said ‘this is not how we wanted to start our journey’.

Their full statement reads: “We are saddened and shocked to confirm that on the evening of Saturday 8th June, during our Manchester launch event, a member of the Habbibi team discovered a firearm on site.


“As a venue we immediately took all appropriate action, notifying the police and securing the weapon in our safe until officers arrived to safely remove the firearm from the premises. The police were able to confirm that the firearm was not loaded. All of our guests were completely safe and at no stage was there any wider danger.

“There is an ongoing police investigation as to how the firearm came to be on site, so we are limited with the information we can share at this time.

“This is of course not how we wanted to start our journey, to join the vibrant and buoyant hospitality scene in Manchester as a new venue.

“However we want to reassure all of our guests and the residents of this great city that this is an isolated incident. We will share further information as and when we are able to, and will continue to work closely with the police.

“Whilst we are still in shock at the incident, we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far and look forward to welcoming you all to join us at Habbibi and to show people how amazing the culinary scene in this great city is!”


A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 8.45pm on Saturday 8 June 2024, we were called to reports of a firearm being located at a business property on Hardman Boulevard in the city centre.

“Our officers attended and recovered the firearm in question. A quantity of suspected drugs were also seized and sent for testing. The firearm was made safe at the scene and no arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing.”

As well as the restaurant space, Habbibi in Manchester also has an outdoor terrace with a shisha set-up.

It’s open now at 1 Hardman Boulevard XYZ, M3 3AQ.

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Featured image: The Manc Group