There are already 15 new openings lined up for 2017 – and we’ve rounded them all up in one place.
Barely a week goes by without a new bar, cafe or restaurant opening in Leeds and that trend is set to continue in 2017. From new venues for old favourites to long-awaited imports with big reputations, these 15 impending arrivals will make your tummy rumble.
Marco’s New York Italian
Born in Leeds, Marco Pierre White is finally bringing one of his renowned restaurants to the city in 2017. Originally scheduled for a 2016 open, Marco’s New York Italian will now open in the spring – expect Italian classics like Spaghetti di Pomodoro and Pizza Americano, alongside Big Apple favourites like The Great American Beer Burger and hickory smoked baby back ribs at a venue that’s been years in the making.
Marco’s New York Italian will open in the Merrion Centre in spring 2017.
The picturesque setting of Weetwood Hall will be in demand in 2017 as it prepares to welcome a brand new restaurant. Martin Pickles, owner of the original Flying Pizza, has teamed up with the hotels’ Managing Director Martin Hicks to open Convive. It’s a high-end Mediterranean restaurant that will be led by acclaimed head chef Francis Cowlam – he’ll be making the most of the best local produce in the 120 cover restaurant. There will also be a separate bar area and an outdoor space to enjoy.
Convive will open at Weetwood Hall in February 2017.
Having originally planned to open at the back end of 2016, it turns out we’ll have a little longer to wait for Manchester favourite Tattu. They’re taking over a unit in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building, bringing their exciting approach to Chinese cuisine to Leeds. Expect a decadent restaurant, featuring dark mahogany panelling and fancy furniture, where you can delve into a menu that promises Wagyu Beef Ribeye, whole Szechuan Sea Bass, Wasabi Lobster and Agedashi Tofu.
Tattu will open at Minerva House at the corner of East Parade and Greek Street in spring 2017.
The old Next Clearance is set for quite the makeover in 2017. It’s been taken over by the ever-growing chain of Cosy Club. Their newest venue will be much like the others – expect an eclectic decor with an equally diverse menu. Kick things off with a Cosy Club Breakfast or Ham Hock Hash, before delving into a Halloumi Panini, Lamb, Mint and Coriander Burger or The Empire Curry come lunch and dinner. There is a tapas menu too featuring Cherrybell Peppers, Baby Chorizo Sausages and Sticky Chicken Wings if that’s your bag, with gluten-free and vegan menus also available.
Cosy Club will open in West Riding House on the corner of Albion Street and Bond Street in early 2017.
With two popular bars in Manchester, The Dockyard are making their way across the Pennines for venue number three. They’ve found the perfect spot on Merrion Way, and will be opening a cool new bar that blends industrial fixtures and fittings with a real appreciation of craft beer and real ale. You’ll also be able to soak up the booze with a food menu that features everything from burgers to pies, sandwiches and even a proper Sunday lunch.
The Dockyard will open in Merrion Centre in early 2017.
George’s Great British Kitchen
The third George’s Great British Kitchen is set to open in Leeds in spring 2017, on the back of successful eateries in Newcastle and Nottingham. The former Ark store on The Headrow is being given a makeover to create a laid-back venue that’s all about, you guessed it, Great British food. The menu will feature plenty of favourites, from Fish and Chips, which they’re particularly renowned for, to pies, steaks and burgers. Need something to wash it all down? Take your pick with wine, cocktails and beers on offer.
George’s Great British Kitchen will open on The Headrow in spring 2017.
A Leeds favourite is set to expand in 2017. Manahatta opened to much fanfare in the old Gatecrasher building on Merrion Street, and has since become a popular spot for both food and drink. Now they’re headed to the other side of town, to take over the old Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Expect the usual creative cocktails, bottomless brunches and great atmosphere, as the Greek Street revival continues.
Manahatta will open in Minerva House in 2017.
It’s been a long time coming for Chilango, but they’re finally opening up in 2017. They’ve found a site on Bond Street to serve up their Mexican delights – and it’ll only be their second outside of London. They’re best known for their packed burritos, but that’s not all they have on offer, with tacos, salads, super nachos and nudos making up their menu. It’s fast food made with fresh ingredients and big flavour, so we’re looking forward to it.
Chilango will open on Bond Street in early 2017.
The Fat Hippo
There’s another burger joint on the way. North East favourites The Fat Hippo are opening their fourth venue at a yet-to-be-confirmed site in Leeds city centre, after a successful trial run in Trinity Kitchen in 2016. Don’t expect a bog standard burger here, they have unusual creations like the Peanut Butter and Jelly, which is exactly what it sounds like, and the Born Slippy, which comes topped with pulled pork ribs, cheese, jalapeños and chilli jam. If beef isn’t your bag, there will also be a range of chicken and veggie options, with smaller patties for lunch.
The Fat Hippo will open in Leeds in early 2017.
The Merrion Centre is expanding in 2017, and one of the key arrivals will be the very first Bengal Brasserie in Leeds city centre. On the back of successful venues in Burley, York and Harrogate, they’re opening a 120 cover restaurant on Merrion Way, just over the road from First Direct Arena. You’ll be able to delve into their renowned Indian and Bengali dishes, from the Murg Mohoni to Lamb Sylheti, Multani Chicken and Naga Chilli Chicken.
Bengal Brasserie will open on Merrion Way in the Merrion Centre in spring 2017.
Monk Cocktail Bar
Having opened one of the most successful bars in Buxton, Manachain Monaghan is bringing his famed cocktails to Leeds in 2017. The final theme and name of the bar is yet to be confirmed, but they’ve taken over a unit in the grade-II listed 12 South Parade. They plan to bring out the Victoria features of the venue, while giving it the feel of a local pub – and once it’s complete, you’ll be able to sup incredible cocktails within.
Monk Cocktail Bar will open on South Parade in 2017.
If you’re keeping an eye on your waistline in 2017, Chop’d may well come in handy. Their new Leeds eatery in Central Square will be their second outside of London, bringing their tasty but nutritious food to the city. They have a range of freshly prepared, ready-to-go salad boxes, or you can build you own – and the same goes for the wraps. But that’s not all – they also offer an array of stews, sarnies, warms salads, protein packs and breakfast items.
Chop’d will open at Central Square in January 2017.
Buca di Pizza has gone down a treat with pizza-loving foodies since transforming the former La Grillade basement venue – but now the folk behind it have something new in-store for you. They’re opening a new cafe and bar called D.O.C. in the former corner shop upstairs on Wellington Street, which is set to serve up coffees and light lunches during the day before becoming a prosecco bar in the evenings.
D.O.C. will open on Wellington Street in spring 2017.
Robert Jupp, who some know as Skippy, is renowned in the local bar world, having worked across the city, but now the time has come for his own venture which will focus on his love of all things Central America. CHIDA Cantina (which means something cool or awesome), will open in a venue yet-to-be-confirmed, dishing up a host of amazing Mexican dishes. It’s all about tacos and tequila, which will no doubt go down well.
CHIDA Cantina will open in Leeds in February 2017.
Doghouse Bar and Record Store
We’ve had to be patient for Doghouse Bar and Record Store as the plans for the Kirkgate venue have been mooted for more than six months. That will change in 2017 though, as the new sister bar to 212 Cafe will be the latest addition to Kirkgate’s growing redevelopment. Expect a laid back bar with a huge collection of dance and hip-hop vinyl, as well as indie artists and designers putting on monthly pop-up shops and exhibitions.
Doghouse Bar and Record Store will open on Kirkgate in early 2017.