THE Counter House, an all-day independent neighbourhood eatery on Cutting Room Square will open in November following a £700,000 investment from Behind The Counter, headed up by Joe Akka.
The Panacea owner recently pulled out of Manchester House as a site for Fable, a long gestating £3m project inside Manchester Hall to concentrate for the moment on this quite different venture in blossoming Ancoats, which now looks ahead of schedule. CGI images show a less decadent design (Fable promised us suspended dragons and massive tapestries) but one that is immediately impressive. In a stretch that now includes Canto, Rudy’s, Elnecot, Jayne Eyre, Mana and Sugo it looks a player.
Joe said: “Ancoats has been at the forefront of our minds for some-time and, in particular, this location. The Ice Plant building and its central Cutting Room Square position was the ideal fit for The Counter House. We were initially drawn to Ancoats following the extensive residential and commercial growth of the district. We look forward to The Counter House becoming an integral brand in the continual expansion of Ancoats as a thriving food hotspot. We are looking forward to playing our part in Manchester’s urban transformation.”
The Counter House will serve 62 covers within its 2,000 square footage, “offering artisan-influenced, health-led dishes alongside the very best in comfort food and established classics available all day from 8am Monday-Friday and from 9am at the weekends.”