Manchester is getting a new chicken restaurant this week as popular US eatery Slim Chickens opens inside the Arndale.
Throwing open its doors this Thursday, Slims will bring its signature southern-style buttermilk marinated chicken and crispy tenders to Manchester city centre for the very first time – alongside a huge range of signature dipping sauces, like gravy mayo.
In total, customers will have a choice of fifteen different dipping sauces including the likes of blue cheese, sriracha garlic, buffalo, honey BBQ, mango habanero and cayenne ranch.
Also on offer will be a wide selection of fresh chicken sandwiches, wings, salads and wraps, as well as vegetarian options and sides, including a plant-based buffalo sandwich and mac’n’cheese.
This will be the sixteenth UK restaurant for the brand, including one at the Trafford centre, since it first launched in Arkansas Delta, US, back in 2003.
What first began with just a tender, a sauce and a simple mission to create the best in the south, has since become a household favourite – first in the US, and now here in Manchester too.
Founders Greg Smart and Tom Gordon have certainly come a long way from cooking in their garage, that’s for sure. Over a decade later, their business has now grown to more than 100 sites in the US alone.
At Slim Chickens, food and drinks are served up alongside blues music and BT Sport, with US Sports, Premier League and Champions League shown. With seating for more than 100 diners spread across two floors, you’ll find Slims on the Upper Mall at Manchester Arndale.
Customers can expect family seating, intimate tables, booths and large platters cooked fresh to order and served in less than 10 minutes.
Speaking on the new opening, Phil Neale, Marketing and Communications Director at Boparan Restaurant Group, which owns Slim Chickens, said: “Manchester is home to a thriving and diverse food scene, and we can’t wait to be a bigger part of it as we prepare to open our Manchester Arndale restaurant.
“We opened our restaurant at The Trafford Centre less than a year ago, and we’ve been delighted with its success to date – so much so that we’re expanding our local offering with the launch of our Manchester Arndale restaurant.
“We’re dedicated to serving great food in a great atmosphere and look forward to welcoming even more Manchester foodies into our restaurant from Thursday.”
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.