Mahiki will open on Central Street - close to the former United star's controversial new property scheme

Things seem to have moved a step forward for Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s new upmarket tiki club since we reported on it back in October (here).

News that Mahiki on Central Street, just off Albert Square, will launch in July or August was revealed at this week’s launch of The Greater Manchester Property Group, where the director of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’s GG Hospitality, Stewart Davies, revealed future plans for the company.

As well as opening a northern outpost of the London A-list celeb haunt, the ex-footballers are planning to turn Manchester’s historic Stock Exchange into a 39 room boutique hotel with two restaurants - The Man Who Fell to Earth and Our Friends Electric - with Michelin starred chef Michael O'Hare.

Further afield, GG Hospitality have plans to expand their Hotel Football brand by opening further hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

One of the other speakers at the event, Anthony Kilbride, of Neville and Giggs' property consultancy firm, Zerum, also confirmed that the company is still fine-tuning plans for their controversial £200m St Michael’s development, after Neville's recent admission that the development consortium had ‘failed miserably’ on aspects of the scheme.

Plans for St Michael's include the demolition of the Bootle Street Police Station (1937), the Reformed Synagogue (1953) and the Sir Ralph Abercromby Pub (ironically a United pub), to make way for two bulky towers housing high-spec apartments, a luxury hotel and a split-level plaza of shops, cafes and restaurants.

Neville has also revealed plans to add two sky bars to the development - should it be approved by the council.

170303 St Michaels Towers 1
Mahiki will open close to the former United star's controversial new St Michael's scheme
170519 Central Street
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