A barbecue restaurant in Leicester city centre has announced that it is closing. Grillstock, in St Martins Square, said it has 'ceased trading' in a statement posted on Facebook. Known for its 'meat, music, mayhem' slogan, the restaurant served a US-inspired menu of ribs, chicken and burgers. The lively venue also featured a bar serving cocktails and craft beer. After starting out as a music and food festival in Bristol, Grillstock opened its first permanent site in 2012, before expanding to cities including Leicester, which opened in 2015. The group went into administration in late 2017, however announced that a buyer had been found a month later. It is not known whether other branches of the restaurant are affected at this time. Grillstock's statement reads: "We are sorry to have to say this but Grillstock, as of today, has ceased trading. Thank you to everyone that has stuck with us through, what has been, a very tough year. "From everyone at Grillstock, Leicester, goodbye and have … [Read more...] about City centre restaurant announces surprise closure
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The most polluting cars, taxis, HGVs and buses could soon be charged to enter Manchester city centre under efforts to radically improve air quality across the region, the Manchester Evening News can reveal. Council bosses are considering the measure as a way to urgently cut pollution - linked to at least 1,000 premature deaths in Manchester each year - to legal levels by 2021. A private meeting of town hall leaders ten days ago discussed a series of options aimed at radically improving air quality. They included charging the most polluting vehicles – including, it is understood, around 20pc of cars, most of them diesel cars older than three years, plus most HGVs and buses – to drive into the city centre, along with potential charging or restrictions on some vehicles entering other outlying dirty air blackspots. Insiders admitted to considerable nervousness among town hall chiefs about the sugggestion. However government rules mean they have only until the end of December to … [Read more...] about Drivers could be charged to go into Manchester city centre
Plans to refurbish and reopen an empty shop in St Peter’s Street as a Belgian "frites" takeaway could be refused. Derby City Council officers have recommended that the continental chip shop plans are rejected, fearing that it would be “harmful” to the “vitality and viability of the city centre shopping area ”. However, Labour councillor Martin Rawson is calling for the matter to be debated, stating that he would prefer to see the the space, at 46 St Peter’s Street, being used. City planners would rather that the unit, formerly occupied by computer gaming specialist Game, is occupied by a retailer - despite it being left empty for six months and counting. The application was submitted by Heavenly Desserts would see a business named Frites 33 offer what it describes as a “bespoke eating experience in the centre of Derby”. The application reads: “Frites 33 is based on our previous start-up business, the highly successful Heavenly … [Read more...] about Would a new Belgian chip shop harm Derby city centre?
Posh supermarket chain Waitrose is set to ditch both of its Manchester city centre stores. The little Waitrose convenience stores at Gateway House Piccadilly and Bridge Street in Spinningfields have been snapped up by rival Co-op. It comes as part of a deal to off-load the failing shops by the John Lewis Partnership, which is behind the grocery retailer, along with two other shops in Birmingham and London. Waitrose said the 57 staff employed in Manchester will either move to new stores in the business or transfer to the Co-op, once the sale goes through in the autumn. The announcement came as a surprise as the luxury brand only opened in Piccadilly four years ago and in Spinningfields in 2010. However, the owners blamed market uncertainty and tough trading as the reason behind the sudden off-loading, although it still operates 50 John Lewis outlets and 350 Waitrose shops across the UK. Retail director Ben Stimson said: "The sale of these shops is not something we take lightly, but we … [Read more...] about Why are Waitrose ditching Manchester city centre?
A trendy café bar company has signed up to be part of a major new development in Coventry. Café Morso, an independently run company, has five venues across the Midlands and will make Coventry its sixth when it moves into The Co-Operative – a landmark regeneration project in Corporation Street being undertaken by award-winning EDG Property. The cool café serves coffees and teas during the day along with breakfasts, cakes and lunches, but then offers a mix of beers and gins in the evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It will also offer live, acoustic music on Saturday nights. The overall investment in the project from Café Morso will be over £200,000 and will create between 15 and 20 jobs. Andy Rance, the founder of Café Morso, said he decided to invest in The Co-Operative after seeing the profile of the city grow after becoming UK City of Culture 2021. He said: “We started out a few years ago with one café in Colwall which is … [Read more...] about Trendy café bar to open at landmark city centre development