A popular pizza restaurant and its neighbouring cocktail bar in Manchester centre have both announced permanent closure.
Dough Pizza Kitchen and Apotheca were two of the Northern Quarter’s most recognisable and longest-standing hangouts, but were each yet to reopen again after being forced to close due to lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic back in March.
Both have been popular destinations in the city centre since 2008.
But, after occupying Jewel House on the corner of High Street and Thomas Street for the past decade, the permanent closure of the venues was announced on social media yesterday evening.
Taking to Instagram to break the news, Apotheca said: “Sadly Apotheca’s doors are closed for good. We’ve had a good run in the Northern Quarter and thank you to everyone who has visited us over the years.
A formal announcement of closure is yet to be announced by Dough Pizza Kitchen, however the restaurant’s official Instagram account has been updated to say “permanently closed”.
Dough Pizza Kitchen – which is known as “the heart of the Northern Quarter – did however release a full statement to Instagram upon the closing of its doors for lockdown back in March.
The statement read: “Due to the ongoing circumstances regarding coronavirus, we are closing our doors until further notice, as instructed by the government. We have survived floods, riots, brexit, austerity and more, the list is too long to go on [but] we will be back when this is all over, slinging gluten free, vegan and regular pizzas till your hearts content.
“We wish all our fellow hospitality workers and businesses the best in this dark time.”
It then closed out the statement bidding “a fond farewell” with the intention of reopening once again, but at an unconfirmed date.
At present, it is not yet known how many staff are affected by the closures of the two businesses, or what the future plans for the vacant units may be.
More information is expected to emerge in due course.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.