The highly-acclaimed Indian street food & craft beer specialist Bundobust will open a second Manchester venue late this Spring.
“The Cartway” is within Bruntwood Works’ Grade II-listed St James’ building on Oxford Street. Purpose-built in 1912 as the Calico Printers Association (CPA) headquarters, it’s one of the finest period properties in Manchester. And Bundobust will soon open a new venue, and brewery, inside.
Bundobust will be transforming an extraordinary space within the building – what was previously an indoor car park, and originally the building’s cartway (a road for horse drawn carts) is set to become a 150-cover restaurant, bar and brewery.
The building’s illustrious history also includes a previous incarnation as a theatre and music hall, which was home to the famous Tiller Girls and their infamous dance routines. Bundobust II is expected to open its doors in May.
An impressive entrance on Oxford Street leads into an incredible, industrial space that will be transformed into Bundobust’s new ‘south of the city’ Indian street food palace. Original engineering features will be accentuated, with the whole venue set under a spectacular, period glass vaulted ceiling. In the hands of the Bundobust team, it’s going to be an incredible transformation.
The new site will continue to serve some of the world’s best craft beers, and will also be home to Bundobust’s exciting foray into the world of craft brewing. The launch of Bundobust’s brewery will be teased in the coming months through collaborations with high profile international breweries, and Bundobust will be revealing the head brewer, a core list of collaboration beers and branding over the coming weeks.
Bundobust will be joining coffee/music innovators Ditto Coffee and artisan sandwich bar Robert & Victor as the latest independent and exciting operator to be heading to the St James’ building on Oxford Street, part of Manchester’s Innovation District.
Marko Husak, Bundobust Co-Founder said: “The Cartway is an amazing space, and it’s the most ambitious and exciting project for Bundobust so far. It has so many amazing original features which we’ve retained and restored to incorporate into the new design. The similarities to our current Manchester site (the beautiful glazed white brick, and a skylight/atrium) make it feel like it’s a natural sibling – and there will be similar design cues – but this site will have its own unique look and vibe.
Based on locals’ response to us in the past three years, we feel that Manchester is big enough to warrant two Bundobust sites, and Oxford Street is the perfect place, as a busy link between the student area and the city centre. There are plenty of amazing indies already (Gorilla, The Refuge, Leaf, Deaf Institute & Yes), as well as offices, theatres, and hotels in the area. We’re excited to be bringing something new to the mix which complements the existing offering, and for this venue to be the birthplace of Bundobust’s brewery.”