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Huge queue on Deansgate for free steak at new restaurant

Huge queue on Deansgate for free steak at new restaurant

Hundreds of hungry customers formed a snaking queue on Deansgate on Tuesday afternoon to get their hands on a free steak at the new Flat Iron restaurant. The queue began forming just before 4pm after the owners of Flat Iron announced free Wagyu steaks for the first 500 people to arrive to celebrate its Manchester opening.

Flat Iron has taken over a 200-year-old landmark building on the corner of Deansgate and Quay Street in Manchester for the first time in the city. The restaurant is already a household name outside of Manchester, having launched with 13 restaurants across the country, including locations in London and Leeds.




It will officially open to the public on Wednesday, July 3. But on Tuesday it decided to celebrate by opening its doors to those willing to queue for a freebie.

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The restaurant is known for its concise and “affordable” menu that revolves around a signature £14 cut of beef – the featherblade cut – which is renowned for its flavour and tenderness. But on Tuesday night, diners were able to try its special Wagyu, which normally costs £22 and is cooked on a custom-built charcoal grill, for free.

The line outside the new Flat Iron restaurant(Image: MEN)

It was certainly a tempting offer, if the queues were any indication. The queue was 500 people long at its peak and stretched all the way to the John Rylands Library.

At that point, restaurant staff placed a marker to warn those joining the queue that they would likely not be able to get in among the first 500. The queue was coordinated by staff so as not to spill over into side streets and obstruct traffic entering and exiting Deansgate.

Bosses said they hoped to feed the free diners until 9pm on Tuesday night to cope with demand. They handed out free bags of popcorn to those waiting.