Michelin-starred chef Michael O’Hare has ditched his Manchester restaurant and any future projects in the city – cutting ties with former Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
The footballers appointed O’Hare as culinary creative director of their GG Hospitality empire, tasking him with opening three restaurants in the city centre – including a refurbished Stock Exchange – and bringing a Michelin star to Manchester.
He opened The Rabbit in the Moon in January 2017 and then relaunched it again in March – making the space lighter, brighter and opting for white table cloths over black loo roll.
Just two months later though, he’s called time on his short-lived affair with Manchester.
O’Hare made few friends in the city – despite the quality of the cooking at his restaurant, which occupied the top of the Urbis building in Cathedral Gardens.
He labelled bartenders ‘sleazy ‘, promoting a backlash from the city’s bar workers, and also parted ways with head chef Luke Cockerill after the venue failed to land a star at the first attempt.
O’Hare has decided to head back to Leeds to focus on his restaurant there, The Man Behind The Curtain, which does have a Michelin star.
A statement from GG Hospitality said: “Michael O’Hare has stepped down as culinary creative director of GG Hospitality. Michael made the decision to focus on his critically acclaimed restaurant, The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds.
“Fine dining restaurant The Rabbit in The Moon will continue to operate under the guidance of head chef John Granaghan and front of house Charlotte Rasburn, both formerly of one Michelin star The Man Behind The Curtain.
“Plans for Stock Exchange Hotel’s restaurant, which is set to open early 2019, will be revealed over the next few months.”
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