Rhodri Giggs couldn’t resist taking a shot at his football legend brother Ryan after the bar he invested in closed less than a year after opening.
Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s GG Hospitality helped open the Mahiki brand in Manchester city centre in October.
But earlier this week we revealed that the basement tiki bar was shutting its doors after failing to draw in the crowds.
Replying to our exclusive story about the closure, Rhodri wrote on Twitter: “See what happens when I don’t get an invite,” along with three violin emojis.
When the bar threw a lavish launch do in October, former Man Utd and England legend David Beckham partied alongside Coronation Street stars, Real Housewives of Cheshire cast members and fellow footballers.
In 2011, Ryan and Rhodri’s relationship ceased to exist when it was revealed the ex-Manchester United footballer had been secretly involved with Rhodri’s wife Natasha for eight years.
Natasha was the one to expose their affair, reportedly deciding to come clean after confronting Ryan about his relationship with Imogen Thomas – an affair he tried to hide behind an ill-fated injunction.
Neville and Giggs’ GG Hospitality helped open the Mahiki bar in Manchester in October, but stepped away from its management shortly after.
A Mahiki spokesman told the M.E.N: “It’s been a great experience having a Mahiki in Manchester. We wanted to test out some new ideas and themes and we’re now turning our attention to new venues with a programme to expand the brand internationally.”
Mahiki first opened its doors on Dover Street in London in 2006, and has since become one of the world’s most famous night spots. It’s a bar known for its A-list celebrity clientele in London, but Neville insisted before opening that their Manchester pad would be “the very opposite of pretentious”.
“I always think this city turns its back on things that are pretentious, and Mahiki is nothing like that, in fact it is the very opposite of pretentious,” he said.
“If you think of the music, the sharing drinks, the relaxed vibe, it’s absolutely as far away from pretentious as you can actually get.”
The basement space on Central Street is now expected to go back on the market and owners look for another brand to take over the lease.