The Ivy Spinningfields in Manchester has reopened for business just 24 hours after a major fire broke out at the premises.
Management at the restaurant issued a statement thanking customers and well-wishers for the support they have received since the blaze occurred on Friday afternoon.
Four fire engines from Manchester Central, Salford and Stretford and an aerial appliance from Stretford used three breathing apparatus and one hose reel to extinguish the fire, which occurred on the top storey of the city centre eatery.
Reports suggest it started in a patio heater on an outdoor terrace.
Management said the fire was “quickly and very efficiently contained” and that work has already begun to repair the top floor damage.
The restaurant only opened five weeks ago, so the fact that it is able to resume business a day after the fire happened will be a relief for owners Caprice Holdings.
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In a statement posted on its social media channels at the weekend, The Ivy said: “Thank you for all your kind messages of support regarding yesterday’s unfortunate fire at The Ivy Spinningfields.
“The fire was contained in one section of The Roof Garden thanks to the excellent work of the Greater Manchester Fire Services who have informed us that the building is now totally safe to occupy.
“Whilst work starts to refurbish and repair any damage done to The Roof Garden, the ground floor Ivy Brasserie and Ivy Asia on the second floor are completely unaffected by the fire and will continue to operate as usual. All reservations will be honoured, we are planning to reopen The Roof Garden on the top floor towards the end of February and will of course notify everyone as soon as the date is ‘solid’.”
The Ivy is planning a big party on 12 April to celebrate its arrival in Manchester and it confirmed this will still go ahead, encompassing the entire building and outside areas.