The owners of a new restaurant and bar soon set to open in Chorlton have appealed to thieves to return plants stolen from boxes outside the front of the premises.
Following the success of its Wilmslow branch, which opened doors in 2017, Suburban Green – a popular “urban retreat” restaurant and bar specialising in “a carefully crafted small plates menu, classic cocktails, craft beers and fine wines” – is set to open on Beech Road in the Manchester suburb of Chorlton in the new year.
But sadly, the currently-under-construction premises has seen thieves – who’s identity is currently unknown – dig up and steal a number of plants sitting in wooden planters outside the front of the restaurant.
Now, the owners are appealing to the thieves to “return what’s not theirs”.
Taking to social media to share news of the “heartbreaking sight” and ask thieves to return the stolen plants on the Chorlton Facebook group, Sinead O’Donnell – whose husband and business partner are the owners of Suburban Green – wrote: “This is a heartbreaking sight after all the investment of love, time, effort and finance that my husband and his business partner have but into Suburban Green, Beech Road.
“Not only are they challenged by the current restrictions to hospitality businesses but also by someone who wants to take – what’s not theirs.”
The post in the group – which has over 40K active members – has since gone on to amass hundreds of interactions, shares and comments from people all across the Chorlton community and throughout Greater Manchester, sharing in the owners’ devastation at the abhorrent act, as well as sending messages of support to the local, independent business at a time when it truly needs it most.
In light of the recent changes to Christmas plans announced by the UK government this past weekend, the owners of Suburban Green also went on to send out a message of support to the community, encouraging the public to unite and “support each other”, as well as “forgive those that make mistakes”.
They also urged those who stole the plants to “restore faith in humanity” by returning them.
Sinead continued: “Let’s continue to support each other, watch out for each other, care for one another and give to those who are struggling more than ourselves and forgive those that make mistakes.
“Whoever’s taken these plants – please return them.
“That would restore my faith in the good that’s in us all and provide a touch of magic this (grim looking) Christmas.”
You can find more information ahead of the grand Chorlton opening via the Suburban Green website here, and you can also follow Suburban Green on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates.
Suburban Green Chorlton, 60 Beech Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9EG
Paddy McGuinness teases potential return of Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere
Right, we don’t mean to alarm you all, but Max and Paddy might finally be coming back after nearly 20 years.In other entirely unrelated news, there is a god.
We only ever got one solitary season of Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere, but it only took six episodes for it to leave us with lasting memories of rolling on the floor laughing and quoting lines all these years later.
The Phoenix Nights spin-off went on to be not just a cult favourite but an iconic British sitcom that rivalled the show that spawned it, cementing both Peter Kay and Paddy McGuinness as even greater household names than they already were.
Cut to nearly two nearly full decades later and Paddy himself has teased that the hit Northern comedy might not be done after all. Battle stations, people — we’re on the campaign trail now.
Speaking to Capital Breakfast this week, McGuinness came on to the subject of Max and Paddy return, saying that “the interesting thing about Max and Paddy, and Phoenix Nights is now, we are kind of all of an age of the people we played back then.”
He admitted that while they “do talk about it and what have you” and would love to see the full cast return someday, he just “can’t see it at the minute”.
However, he did go on to insist “never say never” and, more promisingly, that the comedy duo’s comeback, specifically, could very well be on the cards.
“Like Max and Paddy, for instance, we wrote a couple of Christmas specials, and we’ve still got them”, says McGuinness. “We never got around to doing one for whatever reason back in the day. But we’ve actually got them.”
The 49-year-old went on to clarify that more than one script has already been written for some time, but they’ve just been kept on the backburner given that he is admittedly “inherently lazy” and likes “doing as little as possible”, it just never came to fruition.
“If you’re doing a scripted comedy show, it does take a long time. So to do something like [this], you have literally got to blank out 12 months of your life.
“He [Kay] is on tour. I’ve got all kinds of stuff going on, and it’s just sort of going ‘right, let’s get together. Let’s get our diaries together. And let’s blank out for that time'”. We don’t know a single person that wouldn’t want to see a Max and Paddy return in some form.
While hosts Roman Kemp and Siân Welby urged people to get flooding them with texts and posting all over social media, the former Take Me Out presenter joked it “won’t make a blind bit of difference.” Come on, Paddy, don’t let us down now.