Leeds chef Michael O’Hare has released further details of the three restaurants he is opening in Manchester with former footballers Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville – including their typically extravagant names.
The Man Who Fell to Earth, a “formal Parisian ballroom-style” venue, and the more casual Are Friends Electric will be housed in the boutique hotel GG Hospitality is launching next year in the 1901 Stock Exchange building.
Both names reference 1970s pop culture with a sci-fi slant. The Man Who Fell to Earth was a 1976 film starring David Bowie as an alien, while Are Friends Electric was a 1979 hit single about a robot prostitute by electro-punk Gary Numan.
First to open is The Rabbit in the Moon at the National Football Museum, which has a soft launch next month. There will be no cutlery to eat the 17-course tasting menu of “space-age Asian” dishes, while the spirits served in the bar will be distilled in Manchester and the cocktails pre-mixed each day to ensure consistency and quality.
O’Hare, who dresses more like a heavy-metal rocker than a chef, made his name with highly acclaimed Leeds culinary hotspot The Man Behind the Curtain…a reference to The Wizard of Oz.