Popular Chorlton tapas restaurant Bar San Juan have bought the former Parlour bar, next door but one, to help accommodate as many customers as possible at a time of social distancing.
The tiny Beech Road venue have also sarted taking reservations for the first time, but will continue to welcome walk-ins, with a 15 minutes waiting list to allow them to disinfect tables.
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The once popular Parlour Bar closed down in September 2018, "due to a mixture of rising costs (rent, council tax, import costs that came in at the same time as Brexit, but some seem to think the 2 aren't connected) and more competition spreading footfall thin."
Located on the former site of the celebrated Marmalade restaurant, it was originally opened in 2010 by former Coronation Street star Rupert Hill (who played Jamie Baldwin in the soap) and pal Jonny Booth, who also run The Castle Hotel and Gullivers in the Northern Quarter and The Baker's Vaults in Stockport.
Bar San Juan's two venues now sandwich Sherlock Homes Property, whose staff must surely be tempted by the smell of croquetas and gazpacho that surround them.