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A New Californian-Style Bar & Restaurant Is Opening In An Old Ancoats Warehouse This Month

By Laura Rogan

A New Californian-Style Bar & Restaurant Is Opening In An Old Ancoats Warehouse This Month

It’s all about slow, wild days.

Just a few short months after the major success seen by Ramona – Manchester’s newest Detroit-style pizzeria – the team has announced a new sister bar and restaurant, which will be opening in the neighbouring abandoned warehouse.

Complementing Ramona with an entirely new concept, The Firehouse will take inspiration from the opposite coastline, bringing to life the owners’ love for slower-paced, relaxed destinations such as California and Ibiza.

Swapping the pizza dough – which will remain Ramona’s staple – for a ‘slow fires open kitchen’, The Firehouse will be cooking up rustic dishes over a wood grill for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. And while the menu is kept under wraps (for now), guests can expect coal-roasted, charred and blistered dishes, made using the freshest ingredients by chefs Daniel Mullen and Will Taplin. The technique will be signature to the venue – inspired by the slow-burning production technique of agave – with a Chef’s Table seating six allowing guests to watch the magic happen.

Representing the venue’s ‘wild’ ethos, The Firehouse will specialise in the wild spirits of Latin America – including tequila, mezcal, pisco, rum and cachaça, with ingredients such as agave, grape and sugarcane to compliment. The spirits will make up the core of the venue’s new cocktail menu, which will feature fresh and fruity concoctions to enjoy throughout the summer and beyond. Think toasted coconut flake-infused pisco, jalapeno shrub and charred pineapple agave.

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Alongside the spirits, the bar will also house a Wall of Wine and craft beers, as well as speciality coffee from Manchester-born Blossom Coffee Roasters.

Owner Adelaide Winter said of the new venue: “The Firehouse has been an idea of ours for a long time, inspired after spending summers in California and Ibiza. The sort of places that we just never wanted to leave. Intimate, yet epic and all lovingly made. Where everything is enticing, the welcome, the food, the music, the drinks. All the best it can be. For everyone. We just wanted to open somewhere that gives the sort of experience we’re after when we go out”

Opening later July on a date that The Firehouse is currently keeping close to their chest, the venue will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 12-12, and weekends from 10am. Stay tuned for more deets coming soon.

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