More sad news is coming out from the Food and Drink scene in Manchester. Grill on the Alley is earmarked for closure as part of a restructure announced by owners Blackhouse Restaurants.
Sister restaurant Grill on New York Street will remain open.
Blackhouse Restaurants’ London eatery Grill on the Market is also being axed as the firm seeks a Company Voluntary Arrangement – a formal agreement between a business and its creditors to pay all or part of its debts.
In a statement Blackhouse Restaurants, which also runs restaurants in Glasgow and Leeds, said: “Blackhouse Restaurants Limited can confirm it is seeking a Company Voluntary Arrangement with its creditors.
“As part of this process we are closing our London restaurant, Grill on the Market, with immediate effect.
“We are also proposing to close one of our Manchester restaurants, Grill on the Alley, following consultation with staff and ahead of the building’s planned redevelopment by the landlord next year.
“Any customers with reservations in Grill on the Alley who may be affected will be contacted and offered a transfer to our other Manchester restaurant, Grill on New York Street.
“It is our intention to refund any customer deposits paid in advance for bookings at the two restaurants affected by these plans.
“We are confident that our creditors will support our proposals and following this process we will be in a position to make a success of a smaller but high-quality portfolio.”
This comes just weeks after the announcement of Manchester House and Artisan’s owners “Living Ventures” will be entering administration. This was compounded by The Rabbit, a fine dining restaurant owned be Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, announced it would close in mid November.
And Northern Quarter bars Walrus, The Blue Pig, Tusk and Rosylee in the Northern Quarter, and three Hula venues, were all shut down a few weeks earlier.
Rising rents, trying financial conditions and tightening of consumers belts all point to the sad news that Manchester may yet lose more of its famous eateries over the coming weeks.