An iconic LGBTI-friendly bar at the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village has closed down.
Eden Bar, famous for allowing guests to eat and drink on a barge moored on the canal, has shut leading to a loss of 18 jobs.
But the new owners have claimed it is not gone for good, saying its downfall was not a part of gentrification of the area.
Steven Wiseglass, insolvency practitioner for Inquesta, has been appointed liquidator of SDB bars who took over Eden Bar in 2012.
He said the bar had experienced a general downfall in trade and has seen even more decline after it was ‘virtually marooned’ by an adjacent building site.
The last post on Facebook, posted on January 7, saw Eden announce the bar being ‘off for a facelift’ until early February before there was silence on all social media channels.
Today a few tweets reviving their Twitter account showed pictures hinting at the bar’s future.
According to those tweets Eden is currently undergoing refurbishment by its new owners and they are looking to re-open as soon as the works are done, most likely under a new name, which may be as early as the end of February.
Eden without a bar! pic.twitter.com/xmQ1AlSndQ
— Eden Manchester (@manchester_eden) February 3, 2015