Iconic restaurant Kwok Man in Manchester ‘closing down after 55 years’
It is understood that recent roadworks and bus priority schemes on Portland Street and Princess Street have been blamed for”killing” the business after 55 years’ trading.
One person connected with the restaurant, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper: “The city council is blocking all the roads around Chinatown.
“The bus priority works have killed us. The roads are so busy and full of traffic but nobody can get in to Chinatown. It’s forcing people in other directions. Nobody can find their way in, or find a parking space. They just go somewhere else.
“We’ve probably lost 50 per cent of our business in the last 12 months,” they said. “We just can’t afford any more. Lots of other businesses in Chinatown feel the same. Some are thinking about shutting.
“The council has bullied businesses into accepting the works even though they don’t want them. We have complained but nobody gave us a response. Now we have to close. We’re trying to sell the business. Fifteen people will have to find another jobs. It’s very sad.”
The restaurant has stopped opening in the daytime and only trades at evenings and weekends.
Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, said: “Chinatown is home to many successful and long-standing businesses, and while it’s disappointing to see a restaurant close that has been open for a number of years, we believe these improvements will ultimately help and support city centre businesses into the future.”