Manchester: Brawl breaks out in city centre bar
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Shards of glasses allegedly had to be pulled from diners’ feet after the terrifying fight at Boujee Bar and Restaurant in Manchester city centre on Saturday night. Customers can be heard screaming in the video shared online.
The girls on that table were pushed on to us. Because the glass had flown off the table there were shards in everyone’s legs and feet
A diner at Boujee Bar and Restaurant
Witnesses say the altercation happened after one of the restaurant’s bouncers approached a male customer, who reportedly wasn’t willing to follow COVID-19 guidelines.
Manchester Evening News reports police were called to the busy eatery – open inside on a Saturday night for the first time – but no arrests were made.
One witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “When we sat down we realised that nobody had drinks on their tables and a few people said they’d waited two hours.
“There was a table at the back with two guys and two girls and when one of the tables got their drinks, they cheered because we’d all been waiting ages.
“Another round of drinks came and then everyone started cheering to make light of the situation.
“The guys stood up to cheer and I don’t know if it’s because they were loud or because they were men but instead of a manager coming over, the bouncers came instead.
“They were pointing and shouting and it was a bit overkill.”
The customer said a conversation took place between a member of security staff and one of the men, before the situation escalated.
She said: “The bouncer started pushing him and then it just escalated. Before you knew it they were rolling around on the floor.
“There was smashed glass in so many girls’ feet. It was awful.”
Cam, 18, had been visiting the restaurant last night with five friends for her pal’s birthday.
She said: “It was the place we’d all been most excited about.
“I think it was about 7.20pm and someone opened a bottle of prosecco and everyone started cheering and just having a good time.
“The bouncer came over and started arguing with this one man. There were only about four males in the whole bar.
“I saw the bouncer throw a punch and then they just started grappling.”
Cam said the men were pushing each other into tables, causing champagne glasses to fall over and smash.
She added: “There were three tables in the middle and they just wiped them out.
“The girls on that table were pushed on to us. Because the glass had flown off the table there were shards in everyone’s legs and feet.”
The teenager said that most of the customers were left in shock following the fight, which appeared to last for around 30 seconds.
Cam, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, continued: “We tried to leave and they wouldn’t let us.
“They asked us if we had paid and we said there is nothing to pay for because our drinks were on the floor.
“One of my friends started arguing with a bouncer and then a manager came over and said we could leave.
“It was scary. You don’t expect it at such a prestigious place. We were really shaken up.
“I will 100% not be going back. It’s not boujee at all.”
The new all-pink venue inside the historic memorial hall space at Manchester Hall opened for the first time on Monday.
It boasts an array of bar and dining spaces including a champagne room dedicated to Laurent Perrier’s pink fizz, and a selfie room complete with Barbie and Ken boxes.
Ritchie Bagnall, operations manager for Boujee Restaurant and Bar, said: “We had a really disappointing incident happen in the restaurant on Saturday night which has since been shared online.
“Unfortunately, the incident occurred after a customer wasn’t willing to follow the Covid-19 guidelines, which are absolutely vital to the survival of hospitality right now. We were busy, but operating within government guidelines, and sadly had one customer who wanted to dance and sing, and wasn’t happy to be told no. It was incredibly stressful for our staff, who have put their hearts and souls into getting this opening right and we’re disappointed they were subjected to such behaviour.
“Following the incident, we have reviewed what happened both on the CCTV and by speaking to all staff that were on site. One of our professional door team, provided by independent team Compact Security, was put in a really difficult situation and we can clearly see that he did everything he could to defuse the very heated guest. That guest was asked to leave and peace was restored but we are hugely saddened that this happened in our venue. We strive to provide a fun, professional and safe environment to our guests at all times and we will do everything we can to ensure that this never happens again.
“We want to emphasise to our guests that their safety is always paramount to us and we look forward to continuing to welcome them in a Covid safe way until the government relaxes the guidelines.”
A spokesperson from Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 7.44pm last night (Saturday 22 May 2021), police were called to reports of a fight at a restaurant on Bridge Street in Manchester.
“The incident had concluded prior to police arrival.
“No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”
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