Manchester's metal heads are celebrating after new operators have stepped in to save the long-standing Oxford Road rock bar, Grand Central, less than three weeks after it announced its closure.
For over 20 years, the historic pub, located opposite The Palace Theatre and owned by Stonegate, served as a meeting place for the local metal scene and was a favourite pre-clubbing haunt for those heading to the nearby Jilly's Rockworld, which closed in 2010.
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Teddy's Pubs have taken over the operation with Stonegate remaining the landlords, however much-needed restoration work has to be carried out on the venue before it reopens, the previous management letting it fall into disrepair.
With a restocked jukebox, refurbished toilets, new light fittings and guitar-adorned walls, returning rockers can look forward to a better selection of cask ales and lagers, wines and cocktails, with long term plans to reopen the basement Subway club.