There are already 13 new openings lined up for 2019 – and we’ve rounded them all up in one place.
Barely a week goes by without a new opening in Leeds and 2019 will be no different. The year hasn’t even begun yet and we’ve already got a list of 13 places that will open their doors in the next 12 months. From the imminent arrival of Planet Ice to Blue Sakura’s all you can eat Japanese, it’s an exciting time to live in Leeds. But it’s not just bars and restaurants, you know…
Slung Low will move into new digs in 2019. They’ve been at The HUB since 2012, but they have plans to take over the day-to-day running of The Holbeck, an old working men’s club owned by the local community. They’ll run their entire operation from there, including rehearsals, performances, their Cultural Community College and their famous How To Festival, all while maintaining the club as a community space.
The Holbeck opens in January 2019.
The Veggie Table
Mog’s Cafe has sadly closed earlier in 2018, but owner Morag Padel isn’t hanging up her apron. 2019 will be an exciting time for her as she moves forward with The Veggie Table. It’s a city centre-based catering and online delivery service that will specialise in vegan baguettes, wraps and paninis, which you’ll be able to order direct from Just Eat.
The Veggie Table will open on Millwright Street in 2019.
Silver Dollar Micro Bar
Craft beer lovers will soon have a new bar to try. Silver Dollar Micro Bar will be spread across three floors and it’s going to offer a huge array of cask ales from local breweries, as well as global brews on keg, in bottles and in cans. They’ll have something for everyone, including Guinness, lager, wine and flavoured gins, which you can pair with bar snacks, with a wider food menu to follow later in 2019. Got kids or dogs? They’re more than welcome too.
Silver Dollar Micro Bar will be opening on Richardshaw Lane, Stanningley in 2019.
Livin’italy is a long-time favourite on Granary Wharf and it’s expanding in 2019. They’re opening Dough House on Cloth Hall Street by the Corn Exchange. Expect a more streamlined version of their original home that focuses on cocktails and pizza. Their menu of hand-crafted pizzas will come topped with all your favourite flavours, and you can wash them down with a mix of classics and original cocktails.
Dough House will open on Cloth Hall Street by January 2019.
Love old video games? It’s time to get excited about Arcade Club. They’ve been a huge success in their hometown of Bury, and now they’re coming to Leeds at the start of 2019. They’ve taken over the long-empty Star and Garter pub in Kirkstall, so you can play a host of vintage games on over 100 different consoles and machines. It’s not just games – they will also have a cafe, a bar and a shop.
Arcade Club will open in the old Star and Garter pub in early 2019.
Local street food favourite Manjit’s Kitchen has a huge 2019 in store. They’ve brought wonderful Punjabi cuisine to Leeds from their spot in Kirkgate Market, but after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, they’re now set to open their first permanent venue in the city centre. They now have £40,000 to start their new restaurant, but there’s a lot of work to do, so we might have to wait until the end of the year before it opens its doors.
Manjit’s Kitchen hopes to open a permanent restaurant in Leeds city centre in 2019.
Leeds will finally get that long-awaited ice skating rink at the start of 2019. It’s been a tumultuous project, as years of delays, takeovers and a roof collapsed continually knocked back the opening date. But the 1,800 capacity venue by Elland Road is now almost ready – you can expect general freestyle skating sessions, alongside classes, ice hockey and dance events. The new rink will have its own bar and restaurant too.
Planet Ice will open on Elland Road in late January 2019.
Maggie’s is one of the most important new additions coming to Leeds in 2019. It’s a brand new drop-in facility designed to help people who are suffering from, or know someone who is suffering from, cancer. The £5.1 million complex will offer free practical, emotional and social support as and when people need it. It will be based right next to Leeds Cancer Centre, so it couldn’t be better placed.
Maggie’s Yorkshire will open at St James’ University Hospital in Spring 2019.
Leon is everywhere in London, but soon it’ll be a regular sight in Leeds too because they’re opening a new cafe in the city centre in 2019. It’s a popular pitstop, with a menu inspired by classic Mediterranean cooking. You can start the day with porridge pots or a breakfast muffin, before you move onto their wraps, salads and power pots for lunch. And whatever you choose, it’s all as healthy as it is delicious.
Leon will open in Leeds by the end of 2019.
Hampton by Hilton
The new Hilton hotel by First Direct Arena isn’t happening, but the group still has one in the works. The new Hampton by Hilton, their mid-range hotel brand, will be just around the corner from Leeds Playhouse. The 14-storey building will house 192 bedrooms, as well as a brand new bar and restaurant which will be open to the public.
Hampton by Hilton will open on Bridge Street in late 2019.
The Wesley Hotel
The Oxford Place Methodist Church will be transformed into a hotel in 2019. It’s owned by The Wesley Hotel, a Methodist company who’ve done similar projects in London and Rome. They’re converting the current space into a 70-bedroom complex with a new restaurant, an outdoor terrace and state of the art conference facilities. All profits will go back to the church itself.
The Wesley Hotel will open at the Oxford Place Methodist Church in 2019.
Merrion Street will welcome an all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant in 2019. Blue Sakura is a popular name across Europe, and its first UK home will be in Leeds. The massive restaurant has space for up to 150 diners and they’ll be able to indulge in fresh sushi, as well as a host of classic Asian-style grill dishes. To order, you use the tablet built into your table and the plates will keep coming at the touch of the button.
Blue Sakura will open in the Merrion Centre in 2019.
An import from over in Harrogate, Stuzzi is a modern Italian eatery that prides itself on sourcing the very best, authentic Italian ingredients. They’re taking over an empty unit in Grand Arcade and returning it to its former glory, complete with that statement arched window that looks out over Vicar Lane. Once open, you can indulge in a feast of small plates, with contemporary dishes like squid ink ravioli and squash salad with endive.
Stuzzi will open in Grand Arcade in 2019.