Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

Revamp For Foo Foo's Palace

Revamp For Foo Foo's Palace

By Alan Vincent


THE BUILDINGS which housed the legendary Manchester cabaret bar, Foo Foo's Palace in Dale Street are to be revamped. 

There are plans for a bar, gym, restaurant and shop, as well as office space.


The bar and restaurant will be named Foo Foo's and will cover the Ground floor and basement. 

The design is being carried out by the company Architecture:m, a creative architectural studio, who previously worked on the Bay Horse,  and Soup Kitchen pubs in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.


A public consultation was held in Dale Street to gather feedback from neighbouring residents and businesses.  People were invited to leave their comments and suggestions when they attended. 

Mark Percival, of Architecture:m said: “We’ve had lots of positive feedback, people said it looks like good use of a famous old building.”


They will be working closely with acoustic specialists to try to ensure there will be acceptable noise levels. 

The large hovel entrance in China Lane will be restored and used as access to the basement bar, shop, gym and offices.


The first floor will include large office space and a cafe and sandwich bar.  The rest of the floor may become a private spa and health club.  

The second floor will house a large gym with more potential office space.


The venue was owned by popular drag queen entertainer Frank 'Foo Foo' Lammar from 1975 to 2002. He was also a regular performer there. 

The premises were used in the filming of Sherlock Holmes and the TV series Life on Mars.


A planning application will be submitted at Easter and if approved, the first offices should be completed in the early summer.