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New coffee shop fuels Rochdale’s growing appetite for independents

08 May 2019

Jerry Radcliffe and Jason McGuire.

The coffee connoisseur behind the Manchester Coffee company is full of beans after opening his latest venture in Rochdale town centre.

Jason McGuire runs the bar and restaurant, 33 Oldham Street in Manchester, with business partner and Kendal Calling Founder, Andy Smith. He has just opened Roasted and Toasted at number 1, The Butts, with our support.

The businessman sources his own beans and has created his own blend. He's hoping Rochdale's visitors will get a taste for his coffee, which he regularly serves up at major events throughout the year, including Glastonbury and The Blue Dot Festival.

'I was given the opportunity to open a new place in Rochdale and I jumped at it' 

Jason, who also runs the Art Café in Rochdale's Touchstones Museum, said: "I was given the opportunity to open a new place in Rochdale, and I jumped at it. The area around here, with the re-opened river and market and new bars like the Medicine Tap, is really thriving and becoming a mini food quarter.

"This area is a lot like the Northern Quarter was when it first started out and it's really exciting being here, as everything is changing and getting better. The numbers also stack up here. It costs a fraction of what it would to open up in Manchester city centre and the council supported us with a grant and rates support."

Jason, who opened Roasted and Toasted with his business partners Jerry and Neil Radcliffe, has spent around £50,000 repurposing the building, including exposing and treating the brickwork.

The café serves up a range of toasties and Jason's special blend coffee, which he makes using his own special recipe and beans which he sources direct through the London Stock Exchange. Plans are afoot to get a late license and serve alcohol, with a focus on cocktails.

The cafe opened with the support of our small business support package

Roasted and Toasted opened with the support of our small business support package. This has brought a number of new businesses into Rochdale town centre, including Buckley Menswear, The Medicine Tap, Petit Café and Simply Special hair and beauty salon.

John Searle, our Director of Economy, said: "It's great to see our small business support package helping yet another fantastic independent open in Rochdale town centre.

"This scheme, which is part of the £400 million regeneration of Rochdale town centre, has proved a big success, with a number of thriving cafes, restaurants and other businesses opening as a result.

"The fact that it has really stuck a chord, with a number of businesses taking advantage of this scheme, just shows what a huge appetite there is for investing in Rochdale."