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Manuka on the up and up?

By XO_VSOP - 29 July 2010 6

I fondly remember going to Manuka back in the early 90’s for family lunches and dinners , it was a great place to take visiting friends and relatives and it left a lasting impression.

Back then it was a destination however as the years passed and development demolished, and loud rnb clubs gave the main strip a bad name, it lost its appeal.

However there is a ray of light, with word of lots of new developments happening:

    — I have heard the aged Verve is being redeveloped and will change to Cream.
    — Bellucis on the corner is also being revamped and extended.
    — Urban Pantry has now opened on the old site of the Tryst this place is a Silo bakery emulation.
    — A new bar will open in Palmerston lane towards the end of the year.
    — Also the old Pangea is being transformed into a bar aptly named the Manuka Bar.

All this activity could assist in once again making Manuka a destination for Canberra.

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6 Responses to
Manuka on the up and up?
canberra_chef 2:40 pm 02 Sep 10

Cream is not opening at the Verve site. It was in the process but they chose Urban Pantry instead. though it will be closing next year and reopening as something new. Pangea site is owned once again by John Harrington and is called Charlie Black not Manuka Bar.

Holden Caulfield 9:15 pm 29 Jul 10

Interesting that Cream is supposedly going to replace Verve. The owners of Cream just opened Urban Pantry, which is not too bad. Certainly miles better than Tryst. That location seems to be a bit of a graveyard for cafes though with a seemingly high turnover of businesses.

MWF 8:22 pm 29 Jul 10

I took some visiting family members to Manuka on a Sunday, once. It was full of posing wankers, so we left.

Marvin_78 2:26 pm 29 Jul 10

Oh Hell no! We don’t need another CREAM…

XO_VSOP 11:33 am 29 Jul 10

ryza said :

RE: Cream
Why does EVERYTHING need to be a franchise or something of that nature? A single dose of Cream is enough for Canberra in my books.

RE: Manuka
Nightclubs hardly give a place a bad name. Nightclubs have/had (any left??) been in manuka for well over as long as I can recall and they have helped make it was it is today. All the talk of noise complaints from City venues just didn’t happen in Manuka. But of course, a good bakery is where all the cool Narrabundah kids are at these days….

p.s. Manuka is great, I like it. But a million restaurants/shops doesn’t create culture.

RE CREAM? who knows…ask Ray Kroc
RE Manuka, well they did the, street racing , fights in the street kind of turned people away.
RE ps… What will then, let me know? Good restaurants do create a destination though 🙂 ?

ryza 10:52 am 29 Jul 10

RE: Cream
Why does EVERYTHING need to be a franchise or something of that nature? A single dose of Cream is enough for Canberra in my books.

RE: Manuka
Nightclubs hardly give a place a bad name. Nightclubs have/had (any left??) been in manuka for well over as long as I can recall and they have helped make it was it is today. All the talk of noise complaints from City venues just didn’t happen in Manuka. But of course, a good bakery is where all the cool Narrabundah kids are at these days….

p.s. Manuka is great, I like it. But a million restaurants/shops doesn’t create culture.

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