A former football player and a chef have been hailed as the “best places to eat” in Manchester following the unveiling of new restaurants at The Sports Bible and the West End.
Kitchens is set to open its doors for the first time in the city’s West End in December, with owner Dave Halliday admitting the restaurant is “on a mission”.
“Kitchens has been on a mission for a long time,” Mr Halliday said.
“I’ve been a chef my whole life and I thought, ‘How do I give back to Manchester?’
I’ve seen the community, I’ve been around the club for 10 years and I think it’s going to be really good for Manchester.”
Mr Halliday, who is also a former Manchester United and Liverpool player, said he wanted to take the restaurant to the next level.
“It’s an opportunity to bring something new to the West Village and I’m really excited about it,” he said.
He said the new location would allow people to “go from the restaurant bar to the bar” and have “more choice”.
“I think people have got a really good idea of what they want, they want something new and they want a little bit more choice,” he added.
“So I think people will be able to do it at a new level.”
Mr Wardley said the restaurant would be “a bit more relaxed” and offer “more options” for diners.
“They’re all very, very different.
There’s something for everyone,” he told the ABC.”
Kitchen is a place where you can go from the bar to a restaurant, have a beer, have dinner, and go somewhere really unique.”
Mr Hartley, who has been cooking for 25 years, said the menu at the new West End location would be more “satisfying” and would feature “fresh, regional” food.
“We’re trying to give people the choice of what to order,” he explained.
“When we open it, we’ll be offering a very simple menu, a lot of fresh, regional food.
We’ll be giving customers a lot more choice.”
Mr Walshe, a chef and owner of The West End, said one of the “major challenges” of opening a new restaurant was finding “the right chef”.
“People are asking for more options and chefs are starting to get that,” he noted.
“For me, the challenge is finding the right chef to do that.”
He said The West Bank restaurant would offer the “biggest change” for the city, with the focus now on the “urban” side of the city.
“If we don’t have that, there will be no urban food,” Mr Walshel said.
The West End will open its gates on December 15.
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