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9 Sensational New Openings Coming Soon to Leeds

· Joseph Sheerin · Food and Drink

Steakhouses, zero waste shops and pasta restaurants.

Rudy's Pizza

Nine more new arrivals planning their openings in Leeds? Find out what’s coming soon…

The additions just keep on coming. After a bumper 14 new openings were revealed over the past two months, we now have another nine for you to add to your ever-growing list. There’s a zero-waste shop in the suburbs, a pasta restaurant from two Leeds indie favourites and a luxurious steakhouse in Victoria Gate. But that’s just the start, so what can you expect from these new arrivals? Take a look.

Wagyu Bar and Grill

Wagyu, Victoria Gate

If you love steak, Wagyu is a new arrival to get excited about. Their ground floor cafe is already open, where you can currently enjoy a pared down menu of Japanese Wagyu dishes, but it fully launches with the arrival of the first-floor restaurant in August. It’s a family-run eatery with popular venues in York and Harrogate that has a partnership with Pocklington’s Warrendale Farms to serve up delicious gate-to-plate wagyu steak. Their extensive menu will include everything from beef short ribs to slow-cooked beef cheeks, beef meatballs and Chateaubriand.

Wagyu Bar and Grill opens fully in Victoria Gate in August 2019.



Laynes Espresso and The Brunswick are two of the most popular indies in Leeds city centre and they’re now joining forces for a brand new venture. They’ve taken over the old Ipsum Vinoteca at Munro House and are currently in the process of completely transforming the venue into a cool restaurant complete with its own open plan kitchen and separate bar. The menu is yet to be finalised, but they’re promising fresh, homemade pasta dishes.

Sarto opens at Munro House in Autumn 2019.

Refill & Go

Spices, herbs

Taking care of the environment is one of society’s biggest priorities and Refill & Go is another shop that’s trying to help people do their bit. It’s a family-run, zero-waste, plastic-free shop opening in the heart of Garforth. This is a pay-and-weigh set-up, so you can bring your own container, take your pick from a wide range of loose foods, weigh it and then pay for what you’ve got. From dried foods to herbs, spices and toiletries, they’ll make your shopping more affordable and better for the planet.

Refill & Go opens in Garforth on Saturday 24th August 2019.


Sushi, Japanese

Big news! Japanese fast food joint Kokoro will be opening their second Northern restaurant in Leeds. Their food is quick, tasty and surprisingly healthy with a vast array of sushi dishes alongside steaming bowls of udon noodle soup and tangy servings of chicken katsu curry. Their Japanese salads are a staple worth trying, especially if you like seaweed, don’t be surprised if you’re won over by those freshly steamed gyozas.

Kokoro is coming to Albion Street very, very soon.


Feed, Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

All-day cafe bar Feed has been a huge hit in Pudsey and now it’s coming to Leeds city centre. This old Dough in the City is getting a light makeover inline with their edgy New York-inspired style. This is laidback fine dining, so you’ll soon be able to tuck into creative dishes like cheeseburger spring rolls and doughnuts stuffed with confit duck. To go with your food, you can choose from 12 draught lines of craft beer, as well as a new beer and coffee cocktail menu that will showcase unique twists on turbo shandies and espresso martinis.

Feed opens at 72 New Briggate on Friday 30th August 2019.

Leeds Art Hostel

Art Hostel

Leeds Art Hostel has been a huge success since it was opened by East Street Arts in 2016, but later on this year, they’ll be forced to leave their home on Kirkgate as developers move in. But that’s not the end of the story. Plans have been approved by Leeds City Council that will allow the Art Hostel to move to new premises. They’ll be re-opening in a new home on Mabgate, just around the corner from East Street Arts’ HQ at Patrick Studios, which will allow them to offer even more affordable temporary accommodation for visiting artists and performers.

Leeds Art Hostel re-opens on Mabgate in early 2020.


Rudy's Pizza

Rudy’s is crossing the Pennines with its acclaimed Neapolitan pizza later this year. They’ve made waves since opening in Manchester in 2015, and are now ranked as the No. 1 Pizzeria in the UK by TripAdvisor. Why? Their cool, laid-back pizzeria blends a rustic Italian decor with modern design touches, but it’s the food that’s won people over. They make their dough fresh on site every day. It takes 24 hours to double ferment but only 60 seconds to cook. Go for the Ancozzese, a white pizza topped with chilli flakes, smoked mozzarella, Tuscan sausage and friarelli.

Rudy’s will open in Leeds city centre in late 2019.

Casa Mexica


If you like Mexican street food, Casa Mexica is your new port of call. They’re opening a stall near the front entrance of Kirkgate Market where you can plough into a menu of authentic Mexican dishes. From nachos, tacos and tlacoyos to freshly-prepared burritos, everything on their menu is made using locally-sourced produce where possible. Choose from chicken, beef and pork or get busy with their vast array of veggie and vegan options. They’re celebrating the opening with free burritos from 12pm to 3pm on opening day – who doesn’t love a free burrito?

Casa Mexica will open in Leeds Kirkgate Market on Friday 16th August 2019.

Manjit’s Kitchen

Thali at Manjit's Kitchen

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Manjit’s Kitchen is one of Leeds’ best-loved street food vendors and they’ve made their stall in Kirkgate Market a must-visit at lunchtime. After a successful crowdfunding campaign last year, they’re now finalising how they’re going to use the £40,000 to open their next permanent venue in Leeds. They’ve taken over a former Chinese takeaway on Kirkstall Road to add to the area’s already thriving indie eatery scene. You can expect to tuck into their vibrant Punjabi cuisine early next year.

Manjit’s Kitchen will open at 333 Kirkstall Road in 2020.