Liverpool bar group expands into Manchester

Eight food and drink brands have been established in Liverpool by GSG Hospitality and now the business is to open a new outlet in Manchester. Tony McDonough reports

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Matt Farrell, left, and John Ennis, founders of Graffiti Spirits Group


Liverpool hospitality group GSG Hospitality says it will take its Salt Dog Slims bar brand to Manchester later this year.

GSG has established eight successful brands in Liverpool including Salt Dog Slims, 81 Ltd and Duke Street Food and Drink Market, as well as operating as far afield as Birmingham and London.

Salt Dog Slims, just off Cross Street in Manchester City centre, will cater for 120 people on the 3,000 sq ft ground floor. The venue’s basement speakeasy will cater for a further 80 people.

GSG has completed a full rip-out and installed a new kitchen and bar, with plush new booths being fitted this week. A focus on soft furnishings will follow before the venue is ready to launch.

Matt Farrell, director of GSG, said: “We set our sights on opening a venue in Manchester a while ago and we’re very excited to be opening the doors to Salt Dog Slim’s very soon. Despite the challenges that COVID has created, we’ve pushed on with the build of the venue.”

Below director John Ennis added: “Salt Dog Slims is famous for providing steins, brines and good times and we’re really looking forward to bringing that same energy to Manchester and welcoming our guests for the first time in the coming months.”

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