Another Manchester Bar & Restaurant Has Been Forced To Shut Its Doors

School For Scandal closed its doors suddenly last week

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Another Manchester venue, School for Scandal, has been forced to close, less than six months after opening on First Street.

The restaurant and bar took over the former site The Laundrette last August and opened to positive reviews. Everything from the decor, to the food to the delicious cocktail menu was done to perfection. It had all the signs of a being a successful opening - so what happened?

According to a statement put out on Facebook the bosses of the bar claim they were forced to close it’s doors “following the landlord of the property Vita Student needing to utilise the space to extend its Student proposition on First Street following increasing demand”.

Vita Student has however blamed difficult trading conditions for the closure of the restaurant, stating to the Manchester Evening News that the venture was not commercially viable: "Due to difficult trading conditions, we have taken the decision to close School for Scandal. It has been a great journey for the business, but commercially it was not sustainable."

There are now plans to turn the old School for Scandal space into private communal spaces for the Student accommodation on First Street.

This news follows the closure of a number of bar and restaurants across the city late last year. Living Ventures stopped trading suddenly at popular city centre venues, Manchester House and Artisan and the collapse of MAD Ltd. saw a number of Northern Quarter bars being forced to shut just before the holiday period.

Let's hope this trend does not continue.

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Shannon Aldwell

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