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Nido, the final battle

And Nido is…

@Didsburygirl is like Wondrwoman but she has better coffee and remembers when the Laughing Buddha had all it’s letters and was a KFC.

So when she tells me that Nido, much discussed but little dined is to become The Chalk Bar Grill I believe her. So the rumours of Sainsbury’s, Waitrose ( pretty please – if only to depress everyone in Cheadle Hulme) and a Roller Disco are wrong. And my in depth following a link reveals that Chalk Bar Grill are opening in Didsbury next month.

So welcome @chalkbargrill with ex Gaucho (serious beef palace in town) MD in charge apparently.

We wish you luck here at DD HQ. admire your creativity at not having Didsbury in your title and hope you avoid the pitfalls.
1. Do not add an O to your name.
2. Do have a pram ramp and changing space.
3. Do not paint the place MudFlap grey.
4. Do the opposite of everything Nido did.
5. Do not Go purple, Brimelow will give you virtual wedgies.
6. Do have a vegetarian option ( not just “go elsewhere”

Lovely – now I can get back to channeling the Oxfam shop into being a John Lewis so I never have to drive to Cheadle Royal again.

Didsbury – a historical lesson

I have a friend who went to Nido the week it opened. His rationale being to try it before it closed. This front for something, 60-Minute makeover of a restaurant was a slow car crash of a failure, whilst we watched the manager occasionally pace around outside.

As the letters symbolically fell off the Laughing Buddha signage next door the lights went out on the restaurant customers forgot. If only Didsbury Magazine had done a feature, if only Wadden v Brimelow’s aubergine v purple Estate Agent war had taken place over lunch there… But if onlys are scattered across Didsbury Village’s failures. Remember the fake gangster Japanese place where now lies Zizzi and what was always The Old Grey Horse? No. Neither does anyone else.

Time for a little indulgence. Starting at the library end where Didsbury station was a get-on for London we finally say good riddance to O’Neill’s. I loathe Irish-themed bars. I’m not Irish but The Railway across the road seems a great pub with strong Irish connections and when I see an “Oirish” bar I think of people making Cream of Chicken Soup and passing it off as the real thing. We are getting The Strokers Arms. ( not a euphemism).

After many years Ashley Brown’s iconic locks are finally swapping with the sublime Wendy J Levy who leaves the cobbles of Warburton Street to trade online. We are promised a deli, we expect Costa Express. Ashley Brown took over Jim’ s a green grocers. In the. 70s the Evans-Axons-Hamlet axis of power was a square. Jim was their D”Artagnan.

Jaanum ( which translates as Nido without seats) is still boarded up and Urban Grille’s baffling menu still pulls those who shirk the call of the burgeoning Domino’s.

So back to Padmore Parade. Jo Padmore took over Thresher, which was begat by a serve your own Victoria Wine. Nido followed an average Turkish Restaurants with name changes to cover every City in Turkey, before that a wonderful small restaurant and take -away. To those of us of a certain age it is always Sykes, one of Didsbury’s best record shops where we rushed home from school to buy Lipps Inc. in the 90s it spent time as Namaste Village (before the definition of Namaste had filtered down from Chorlton). This meant that in the mid 90s every Didsbury Child ( then named Ella or George) had their own dream catcher and Peruvian Worry dolls.
Next door was Ho Wah. In the 70s this had been a KFC. My own Didsbury Mum took a moral stance and refused to take us there – the bags of chips were too small.

* No facts were researched during the writing of this blog. Other facts are available.

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