• Opulent celeb hot spot Panacea set to reopen as seafood restaurant and champagne bar

Opulent celeb hot spot Panacea set to reopen as seafood restaurant and champagne bar

15 September 2023

One of Manchester’s most infamous celebrity hangouts, Panacea is reopening as seafood, grill and champagne bar IKaro.

Panacea was a popular nightclub in the 2000s that was frequented by celebs including Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs and Michelle Keegan. It was also known for being a hot spot for potential WAGs who were wanting to lock eyes with future sporty husbands.

Located inside Ridgefield House on John Dalton Street, the venue shut during the pandemic, but it has now been revealed that it will be revived back to its former glory with a late night 4am license. The planning application also mentions that the space will host entertainment including live music and performances.

The new restaurant IKaro will specialise in seafood and steaks, and its menu has been put together by well-known sushi chef Lattawan Buchanan who has previously worked at Ivy Asia, alongside MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Exose Grant.

Mirroring the luxury of its predecessor, the new restaurant will also house a champagne bar offering guests a luxury variety of fizz. Company director, Zack Issak, said: "It's long overdue that this popular space opened its doors once more and we're thrilled to be able to do that with new concept, IKaro. We hope that the city of Manchester will welcome us with open arms as we look to bring back some magic to John Dalton Street."

The venue will host a VIP event on Saturday 23 September and will officially open to the public on Wednesday 27 September. IKaro will be open from 11am – 4am Monday – Friday and 11am – 2am on Sunday.