This week’s round-up features new restaurant openings galore, plus an old reliable celebrating its birthday – and a brand new fête, for good measure…

Wahaca, Salvi’s, Pho and more reveal Corn Exchange plans
First, news from the Corn Exchange, which inches closer to its grand re-opening later this month. As we previously reported, the former Triangle shopping centre is returning as an upmarket food and drink destination – complete with exciting names including Liverpool’s respected Mowgli, something called Cosy Club, and a third Byron outlet for Manchester. As the relaunch approaches, more plans are coming to light: Wahaca, the popular Mexican street food restaurant, will open on Thursday 10 September; a two-floor Salvi’s will open even sooner – by the end of August; and Tampopo will return to the building too, opening towards the end of September. One of the most anticipated developments in the Corn Exchange is the opening of Pho, a Vietnamese street food outlet. Opening on Friday 28 August, Pho is offering free meals during its soft launch (Sat 22 – Wed 26 Aug) – plus 25% off the bill over the bank holiday weekend. More Corn Exchange news as we get it…
Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, M4 3TR. Tel: 0161 834 8961,

Nudo brings fresh sushi to go to Oxford Street
Across the city centre, Nudo Sushi Box has just this weekend opened its first Manchester branch on Oxford Street. The restaurant, which launched in Newcastle in 2009 and now has seven outlets, offers freshly prepared sashimi, futomaki and nigiri boxes, plus salads and soup noodles. A selection of ‘small eats’ including mango and asparagus salad plus spicy strip beancurd and seaweed salad are also available – plus green tea pudding with ginger snap and dorayaki (Japanese pancakes). Available to eat in or take away, dishes cost from £2.15. On Monday 10 August, Nudo will be handing out free long boxes to the first 50 customers through its doors. It occupies the former Tai Wu spot on Oxford Street.
Nudo Sushi Box, 44 Oxford Street, M1 5EJ,

Celebrate The Font’s 15th birthday
Up the road from Nudo, meanwhile, one of the area’s mainstays is getting ready to celebrate its 15th birthday. The Font on New Wakefield Street will turn 15 on Sunday 30 August – and to build up, it is offering treats during the 15 preceding days. From Saturday 15, head down for ‘party favours’, whatever those are, plus DJs and a range of food and drink deals. The bar will also be giving out limited edition prints designed by cartoonist Tony Husband, whose exhibition Fontoonery is currently on display at The Font, Chorlton. The city centre Font, which features over 120 bottled beers and ciders, will be launching its new food menu on Thursday 20 August too.
Sat 15 – Sun 30 Aug, The Font, 7-9 New Wakefield Street, M1 5NP, Tel: 0161 236 0944,

Ales, food, music and more on the cards for Levy Beer Fête
Tickets are now on sale for the Levy Beer Fête later this month. Shebeen Events, GRUB and Blackjack Beers team up once more for this bank holiday weekend event, which takes place at the Klondyke Club near Levenshulme station. Over three days, the fête will offer both keg and cask ales, plus wines, spirits and ciders, as well as street food from vendors including debutant Parmstar, bringing the humble Parmo to Manchester, as well as Sheffield’s Juicy Kitchen and familiar local names including Honest Crust Pizza. With live music, DJS, carnival games, childrens’ activities and a quiz hosted by Quizimodo, it looks to be an action-packed weekend in Levenshulme.
Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug, The Klondyke Club, 1 Burnage Range, Levenshulme, M19 2HQ, Fri 6pm – 11pm, Sat 12pm – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 11pm, £5 – £10,

Mon 10 Aug - Sun 30 Aug
Chris Horkan
Published on:
Mon 17 Aug 2015