There’s been much speculation online about the possible demise of Manchester deli Love Saves the day.
But I’m happy to exclusively reveal today that news of its Dale Street death has been greatly exaggerated and the New Year will see a new owner for what will now be called The Outlet.
While other parts of the New York style enterprise – the shuttered Deansgate branch pictured below and Thomas Street – are in liquidation, administrators Begbies Traynor last month sold the Dale Street business to Martin Stockley associate and creative agency four23.
And they will be opening up in the New Year with – An Outlet.
Warren Bramley, four23 Creative Director said: “After a few late night discussions, Martin [Stockley] and I decided to take the plunge and take over the outlet. We feel strongly that a building as special and as vibrant as Carver’s should have a great meeting place. We wanted to keep the independent spirit of the building so a coffee shop chain wouldn’t be right.
“Yes, we’ll be serving wonderful coffee, sandwiches and all those types of things,’ says joint partner Martin Stockley, “but what excites us most, however, is creating a spirit in the place. Yes we want good coffee but we also want it to be a place where things happen, where plots are hatched.”
Martin continues, “Neither myself or Warren has any experience in running a café/deli but we’re confident we’ll create something quite unique. Naivety can be a wonderful thing.”
It seems a long time ago that the “sexy food” neon flashed outside the original premises under the loft apartments of the Smithfield Building in the Northern Quarter’s Tib Street where I used to often call for a breakfast “to go”.
Manchester city centre always seemed to be the perfect location for this sort of venture so I wish it all the best – I’ll certainly be checking it out just as soon as its opens its doors.
An Outlet, Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HG will open from 8am, Monday, January 12. General Opening Times: Monday to Friday: 8am – 7pm.