Salvi’s Cucina becomes latest Manchester restaurant to fall victim to vandalism

Salvi’s Cucina became the latest member of local hospitality to fall victim to a burglary this weekend – adding the Italian restaurant to a growing list of Manchester restaurant break-ins.

Earlier in October, Blue Eyed Panda in Ancoats was targeted for the third time in less than a year – as burglars accessed the restaurant by smashing their way through the front doors.

South African eatery Chakalaka in Northern Quarter was broken into less than two weeks later; with the Oldham Street venue suffering damage to doors and windows.

‘Cucina’ – one of three Salvi’s restaurants in Manchester – became the most recent casualty of crime on Sunday, with photos showing the front doors had been knocked through overnight.

The recent spate of burglaries has come at the worst possible time for hospitality.

With Manchester teetering on the brink of entering Tier 3, many pubs and bars in the region could be forced to close in the coming days.

The food and drink sector is also attempting to navigate the 10pm curfew – which remains intact nationwide for all local COVID alert levels.

Dozens of messages of support flooded Salvi’s social media as the photos of the break-in appeared online, which was described as “heartbreaking”.

Owners thanked people for their kind words as work gets underway on repairing the damage.

Salvi’s has two other venues operating in the Manchester area – including restaurants in Corn Exchange and a new venture in Northern Quarter.

The family-run businesses specialises in authentic Italian recipes and is considered one of the most popular in the city.