After waiting over 18 months to move to our shiny new bigger premises on Edge Street, and feeling like we might end up in a state of perpetual anticipation on a rolling rent situation at 88 Oldham Street maybe forever, it's finally time to say goodbye to our cosy little spot next door to The Koffee Pot. This Friday 28th October our poor overworked panini press grill will fry its last 'beef' and 'chicken' patties, and the shutters will go down on V Revolution one last time at 18.00 (last hot food orders 17.45 as usual).
V Revolution was founded by Dom and his friend Chris Redman five years ago as a vegan grocery and record store specialising in Punk, Hardcore and Metal. Chris moved to Cambridge the next year and in early 2013 Dom began to introduce a small menu comprised mainly of burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches made with the products he sold, and converted the premises from a purely retail to a mixed use retail and cafe style layout with a capacity of 20 covers.
With a clear consumer pull towards the dining side of the business, we retired the musical element of our retail offer the two years ago, though our ethic, aesthetic and stereo output remains an homage to these subcultures and many of our team and customers are actively involved in these scenes.
Due to our popularity amongst Manchester locals and vegan tourists alike, we will open in a much larger space round the corner on Edge Street in early November (seems fate wanted us to be very noughties emo about it all) and become V Rev Vegan Diner, with a doubled staff, full commercial kitchen, bar and in-house bakery open 11am until 11pm every day.
Up until this point we've had about every delay manageable on a new build construction site (to the point that the building company folded part-way through and our landlord had to pick up the pieces), but around 12 weeks ago our contractors were able to get into the space to fit it out with fixtures and fittings and design features drawn up by our architect, as well as the essential gas and leccy supply. They've done an amazing job and we cannot wait to get our hands on the keys tomorrow!
We will regretfully have to be closed and not trading at Oldham Street or Edge Street for at least a week. We understand some of you may already have plans to visit us during this time and we're really sorry about that, we've tried to do things as seamlessly as possible and here we are: Handover from our contractors is slightly delayed (we were meant to be in at the start of October), and now we need time to make our own touches in decorating the space, including hosting Jim Medway from this Wednesday to hand paint our windows and signage round the shop, installing our very own ToTM organic tampon vending machines and Monthly Gift MCR donation box, and vegan condom vending machine. We also have to hang the prints, paintings and other art work we've been collecting and make other finishing touches to how it all looks, not to mention figure out how our recipes for our new menu work best in our new kitchen space, as well as train begin to manage our team which has over doubled in size to 23(!)
We're gonna work our socks of to get this done as quickly as possible, but we also don't want to rush to the extent that we mess up or give you anything less than the absolute best food, drinks and service we can, because we respect you and ourselves enough to want to do and be better. As such, we don't have an opening date to commit to yet: There's some absolutely critical factors that need to be in place before we can do so, including getting internet and beer lines installed, so we need to wait until that's done before we even think about promoting an opening date, otherwise we won't be able to pull pints or take orders!
Please bear with us in this last hurdle we have to face in what's felt like a marathon struggle to grow our business and improve everything we can offer you. We'll endeavour to communicate as much here and through our mailing list as we can, and if you have anything you want to know in the meanwhile you're always welcome to drop us a line at email@example.com
We hope to see you in this last week on Oldham Street, it's going to bittersweet and we might do a little cry. End of an era: Onwards and upwards!