Much-loved independent Chinese restaurant Blue Eyed Panda has sadly seen the third break-in at its premises in less than a year.
Property was damaged and windows were smashed during the abhorrent act.
The Ancoats restaurant first opened its doors to the public on Jersey Street back in April 2019 and has already experienced two other break-ins last November – which too resulted in damaged property – before the unfortunate events which took place this week.
Owners of the popular eatery have taken to social media today to share the devastating news.
In a desperate post urging those who committed the act to refrain from doing so again in the future – accompanied by a picture of the damage – Blue Eyed Panda said: “Please. Why again? You or your people came [to our premises] last November twice and you know we have no money or valuables, or did you [just] really enjoy the Spring Rolls and the Crispy Duck last year?
“We trying to survive in this difficult time,
“Please let us breathe, let us move on [and] don’t waste your time.”
The post has since gone on to receive a widespread outpouring of support from members of the public, who also share in the restaurant’s shock that an act such as this has happened once again.
Many have commented their intentions to continue helping the restaurant during tough times.
Unfamiliar with Blue Eyed Panda and are yet to try it out for yourself?
This modern Chinese restaurant has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is located in the heart of Manchester’s new and up-and-coming food and drink hub.
Not only does it offer authentic Chinese options like steamed dim sums, stir fry, salt and pepper, and a range of casserole dishes, but it also serves up some special Venezuelan-influenced fusion dishes too, such as grilled marinated lamp chops and more.
There’s also a wide range of mouthwatering vegetarian options available as well on the extensive menu.
In true Manchester spirit despite the break-in and damage of property, Blue Eyed Panda said that it “won’t give up that easy” and has confirmed via Instagram story that it will still be open from 4:30pm today.
How brilliant is that?
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and current local lockdown restrictions, Blue Eyed Panda is open Monday & Wednesday – Saturday from 4:30pm to 10:00pm, and on Sunday from 2pm – 9:30pm.
Both dine-in and takeaway services are available.
To do your bit and get behind this local independent business at a time when it really needs it most, you can make a dine-in reservation in advance, or place an order for takeaway via the Blue Eyed Panda website here.
You can also support Blue Eyed Panda by giving it a follow on Facebook and Instagram.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have taken its toll on industries of all shapes and sizes over these past few months, but supporting local/independent business has never been more important than it is right now.
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Manchester band M60 are tagging Gary Neville every day until he listens to their music — let’s help make it happen
Nearly half a year ago, Manchester band M60 began a social media campaign to start tagging Manchester United legend turned pundit Gary Neville every single day until he listens to their music.
And, you know, since we’re all about supporting local artists, we thought we’d do our bit by pecking his head in too.
We’ve seen the Manc indie outfit live a couple of times now — including their headline set at Gorilla back in 2023 (at the time their biggest gig to date) — and they’ve never disappointed, be it the performance or their ever-growing cult following of loyal fans.
That being said, we feel we’re only doing Gary Neville and all of you lot a public service by joining them in their efforts to get their name out there. Plus, we’re enjoying all the different ways they’re managing to keep things interesting:
If you’ve never come across them before either, the four-piece is made up of a bunch of mates from various towns around the region and is fronted by vocalist and lead guitarist Matthew Morton. Alliterative names always make us think of superheroes and their tunes often make us feel like that too.
Playing together since their high school days and named after the massive Greater Manchester motorway from 2015 onwards, they’re best known for tunes like ‘I Don’t Mind’, ‘Honey’, ‘Darling’; ‘Fade Away’, ‘Kool-Aid’ and plenty more.
They also recently released their latest debut EP, How Did You Get There? and trust us, it’s a belter. Morton once described their sound as ‘Sweet Mancunian indie rock‘ and we couldn’t sum it up any better ourselves. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Which is exactly why we want ‘r Gary to get on them too.
Also, we’ve found the whole journey very funny up until this point, so long may it continue — not too long though; we actually really want him to become M60’s newest and biggest fan through sheer persistence and pestering by the local band and yours truly. And by all means, feel free to join us in the good fight.
The local lads themselves have joked about becoming more well-known simply by embracing themselves as the “Gary Neville meme band” as the days pass, but the strategy is still kind of working nonetheless and with more new music on the way, why stop now?
We want to see Gary’s phone blowing up non-stop, right up to the point that he gets more annoyed than he did in that infamous clip of somebody passing his phone number and simply has to see what all the fuss is about it.
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BBC is looking for Mancs to take part in next series of Race Across the World
Are you a fan of travelling? Got yourself a bit of a competitive streak in your nature? This might just be your calling then.
The BBC is currently casting for the next series of Race Across the World.
The broadcaster has announced that the BAFTA-winning hit show is set to return to our TV screens for a third series later this year, and producers are now on the look-out for “intrepid duos” of all ages who reckon they’re ready to take a step into the unknown, and embark on an epic race across land and sea – and that includes Greater Manchester residents.
With applications for the next series of the massively-popular show now open, nomadic Mancs are being encouraged to take part.
On a limited budget and away from the luxuries of modern technology and conveniences, those lucky applicants selected to take part in the next series will get the chance to experience life in some of the world’s most beautiful and remote locations.
Navigating their way across thousands of miles, they’ll travel through spectacular scenery and dynamic cities, visit ancient wonders, learn local customs, and take part in time-honoured traditions.
But, as producers are keen to point out, “the physical journey is only half of the story”.
That’s because, as the contestants take on the challenge of travelling across the world, the greatest thing they’ll discover along the way could actually be about themselves and one another.
Putting out a UK-wide casting call on the BBC website this week, producers Studio Lambert wrote: “We are now accepting applications for the next series of Race Across the World. This experience is open to all, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or total novice.
“We want to hear what undertaking a trip like this would mean to you, and with a cash prize at stake, what lengths you would go to to win.
Applications for the massively-popular show are now open / Credit: BBC
“Maybe you’re looking to change something in your life? Or are keen to share the journey with someone special like a family member, best friend, or someone you’ve lost touch with. You may even have a very personal reason for wanting to travel at this time in your life or explore a particular part of the world.”
Fancy it then?
Applications for the third series of Race Across the World are now open for anyone over 18 years of age, with a deadline date of Friday 19 April 2024, and you can find out more information and apply via the BBC website.