A pizza place, a restaurant from a celeb chef & more – find out what’s coming soon to Leeds.
Barely two weeks have gone by since we told you about the last batch of new openings coming soon to Leeds, but here we are with a brand new list – and it’s a good ‘un. There’s a new cafe that will celebrate the city’s LGBT community, a bar that serves up Roman pizza by the slice and an old restaurant that will be given a new lease of life by a local chef you might have seen on the telly.
Hampton by Hilton
Okay, so we’re not getting a new Hilton by First Direct Arena anymore, but the massive hotel chain is making another move into Leeds. Work has started on a new Hampton by Hilton, just over the road from West Yorkshire Playhouse. It’s a 14-storey building that will be home to 192 bedrooms, as well as a bar and restaurant. It’s not at the top end of Hilton’s brand, so expect reasonable mid-range prices when it opens at the back end of 2019.
Hampton by Hilton will open on Bridge Street in late 2019.
The LGBT Cafe
Maz Brown is the brains behind the Selby LGBT Cafe, a monthly safe place for LGBT to go and chill out in a welcoming and fear-free environment. It’s gone down so well that Maz is now going to bring that idea to Leeds. She’s currently in talks with potential venues to make it happen in the city centre, so keep your eyes peeled for more info on the first event.
The LGBT Cafe comes to Leeds in 2018.
Pizza lovers get ready – there’s a new Roman-style pizza restaurant opening in Queens Arcade this April. Simpatico is all about pizza al taglio (that’s pizza by the slice to me and you). Expect a crisp, crunchy bottom on a fluffy base, topped with all kinds of meat and veg. The pizza counter will be on the ground floor, where you’ll also be able to enjoy salads and coffee, and they’ve also got an upstairs too, where you’ll find a bar selling Italian wine and craft beer.
Simpatico will open at 16 Queens Arcade in April 2018.
Matt Healy’s First Restaurant
The Foundry is set for big changes this spring. The South Bank venue is being taken over by Matt Healy – the Horsforth-born chef is returning home to set up his first restaurant after finishing as runner-up in BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals. He’s worked at Manchester’s El Gato Negro in the past and has a big reputation, so set your expectations high. The Foundary will close in April for a full revamp that’s sympathetic to what’s come before, but more inline with his personal style.
The Foundry will re-open in Holbeck in May 2018.
There’s an exciting new opening coming to Chapel Allerton this April. Endless Creative is a professional creative studio from Luke Saggu and Gemma Stanley. They’re bringing all the things they love together under one roof – there will be music production, songwriting classes, photography, videography and a recording studio. The idea here is to create a space that will support the creative community, bringing artists together and making collaboration easier.
Endless Creative will open in Chapel Allerton in April 2018.