City centre favourite Habas set to close in January, and reopen with ‘new concept’

Habas will close in the New Year, chef Simon Shaw has confirmed.

By Ben Arnold | 8 December 2023

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Habas, the Middle Eastern restaurant run by chef Simon Shaw of El Gato Negro, will close in the New Year, he’s confirmed.

Simon Shaw said that the restaurant, off King Street, will host ‘one final hurrah’ in the New Year before it shuts its doors, after which it will reopen with ‘an exciting new concept’. The restaurant will also be discounting its food and drink on New Year’s Eve.


“As of January 2024, we have made the decision to close the doors of Habas Bar & Restaurant, however we are thrilled to announce that our Brown Street venue has an exciting new concept on the way,” he said in a statement.

“Throughout December, Habas will continue serving up the city’s best middle-eastern cuisine, so make sure you pop in and see us. 

“AND on New Year’s Eve, Habas, will be hosting an unforgettable celebration with 25% off food and drinks.

“We want to rejoice with all of our customers, with one final hurrah. We would like to thank all of our guests and reassure Habas fans that this is not the end of Habas Bar & Restaurant forever, simply a farewell from Brown Street for now.

“We look forward to welcoming you to our new exciting concept in Q1 of 2024.”

Habas was among the handful of Manchester restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide.