Northern Quarter’s New Year expansion: Hotel complex, spa, deli and wine bar planned – but ‘no DJs’

By Matt Turner

Visitors to the Northern Quarter will soon have a new place to stay with plans for a new hotel complex in the area already accepted.

Plans for the Dale Street site, which include a 49-bedroom apart hotel, a ground floor bar and restaurant and spa facilities, were given the go ahead after a premises and alcohol license was granted by Manchester City Council.

A separate application has also been submitted to convert the ground floor of Eleska House on Whitworth Street into a cafe bar and delicatessen until the hotel is finished.

Applicant Gary Macarthur says that the cafe bar could be up and running by February, although the hotel site development is set to take 18 months.

He said: “Our theme for the space is somewhere you could take clients for a business light lunch. It is more of a lunch deli in the day and upper class wine bar by evening and weekends.”

The prospect of a new bar might raise fears of a rise in noise levels for residents who live near the site, but Mr Macarthur moved to allay those concerns.

“We have not applied for, or been granted a late alcohol license, nor do we need one,” he said.

“We will be playing background music only – no DJs, no live music, no rowdy crowds leaving after lots of cheap drinks either – this will be a respectable establishment.”

Image courtesy of emeiliano de laurentiis, with thanks

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