A well-known hospitality personality in Manchester was found dead at the weekend.
Tributes were being paid today to Mark Cain, who was co-owner of Velvet, a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel in Canal Street, after the shock news of his death reached the industry.
Cain was named in the top 50 Northern Restaurant and Bar (NRB) owners in 2014, and was given the green light to convert the upper floors of Velvet into a boutique hotel back in 2010.
He said at the time that the £3.5m project would inject an extra £500,000 into Manchester’s Gay Village’s economy.
The hotel was ranked number one out of 120 hotels in Manchester by TripAdvisor and the restaurant ranked in the top 100 in the UK by Top Table Diners in 2014.
A second restaurant, Velvet Central, was opened off Albert Square, two years ago.
Cain was well known throughout Manchester and many figures from the world of business and entertainment paid tribute on social media today.
Manchester city centre councilor Kevin Peel tweeted: "Sad to learn of the death of Mark Cain. The tributes flowing in show how popular and respected he was."
Coronation Street star, Antony Cotton, said: “Yet more tragic news. So sad that I’ll not see your face again Mark. A Manchester legend, an outrageous gossip and so much fun. Devastated.”