IT is possibly the worst kept secret in the Manchester Jewish community.
Kosher Chinese restaurant Pagoda is leaving its Whitefield home of 15 years and moving to Park Hill, in Bury Old Road, Prestwich — opposite the Holy Law Synagogue.
And 40-year-old owner Daniel Clayhills said that it will be business as usual at the current premises until the new site is ready to open.
He said: “Although the new site looks smaller we are actually increasing from 60 covers to 80. Is it a risk? Everything is a risk, but it ticks all the boxes.
“We can now offer longer hours, cater for Shabbat meals, sheva berachot, kiddushim etc.
“And, of course, the rent and business rates are cheaper — the opportunity was too good to be true.”
Much has been made of the move on Pagoda’s Facebook page, as customers have asked if there will be any menu changes or new ideas.
But Mancunian Daniel is taking it one step at a time.
He said: “Once I’m settled I will look at other things. We are going to be doing Uber Eats deliveries to cover Salford and Prestwich.
“But we haven’t forgotten our loyal Whitefield customers, and I am looking at other delivery services, such as Deliveroo.
“I am hoping this change of place is a change of mazel.”
He also pointed out that the move was made with his six children and wife Esther in mind.
“People are eating out more,” he explained. “A lot of it is about convenience and I was a bit off the beaten track, which does have its benefits. People want things close by.
“My own children are growing up and it would be nice for them to be able to eat somewhere local.
“We are hoping to be open in August, but I can’t say exactly.”