The Manchester Evening News reports that the growth of shisha bars is crowding out the existing restaurants on Rusholme’s famous “Curry Mile”. There are now 28 Shisha bars along the famous road, it says, but just 12 sit-down curry houses left. Well, so what, society changes and moves on, and it was always on the cards that, as soon as the “Curry Mile” started being promoted as a tourist attraction in its own right, it would begin to decline. Many of the comments say, in effect, that it’s no longer what it was.
There are also complaints that “some of the shisha bars are allowing customers to flout the smoking ban and illegally smoke shisha indoors.” Good luck to them – I certainly wouldn’t want the City Council to devote any further scarce resources to mounting a crackdown. But you can’t help thinking that, if it had been pubs allowing indoor smoking, they would have been down on them like a ton of bricks.