Oh lordy, there are six new openings winging their way to Leeds in the next few months – here’s everything you need to know.
The new openings just never stop. Over the last month, we’ve told you about 23 new additions coming soon to the city and now we have another 6 to add to the list. There’s a vegan takeaway in Hyde Park, a new home for a street food favourite and an all-day bar from two city centre legends. But that just scratches the surface, so take a look and find out what they’ve got up their sleeves…
Friends of Food
Lucas Leal Abadi, Dom Wood and Shaz Osborne are Friends of Food. The three students are set to open their first vegan takeaway on Hyde Park Corner later this year taking over an old Chinese restaurant. Originally, they were known as Friends of Jam, and they sold homemade conserves at local festivals, but they’ve since developed a 100% plant-based burger menu that will be at the heart of their new venue. Think cauliflower burgers with kimchi, wasabi mayo and mango chutney.
Friends of Food hopes to open on Hyde Park Corner by the end of 2019.
Little Dumplin’ Boy
We love the bao buns at their little hut in North Brewing Co. Tap Room, but Little Bao Boy have a new guise for you to try. Little Dumplin’ Boy will take over a corner of the newly refurbished North Bar on New Briggate, so the next time you go for a pint of craft beer, you’ll be able to pair it with a menu of Asian morsels. You can snaffle classics like Har Gau, traditional Cantonese dim sum dumplings, alongside one-off creations like the Custard Bun, a sweet and soft dumpling stuffed with fresh custard.
Little Dumplin’ Boy opens at North Bar on Friday 23rd August 2019.
Husband and wife team David and Annika Richardson went on their honeymoon to Mexico and fell in love with the diverse street food they found on their travels, so they came back to Leeds and turned it into Sabroso Street. They’re already a familiar sight at the region’s street food festivals and now they’ve set their sights on opening their first permanent restaurant, and Horsforth is under consideration. It might be a little while until it’s open but their pork gorditas and black bean and chipotle chilli will be worth the wait.
Sabroso Street hopes to open their first permanent venue in 2020.
The Owl by HOME
HOME is one of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and it’s got big plans for the next 12 months. Run by acclaimed chefs Liz Cottam and Mark Owens, they’re set to bring their fine dining flair to Kirkgate Market. They’re opening The Owl, a new gastropub – yes, a gastropub – on Fish & Game Row that will use produce sourced from nearby stalls to create exquisite dishes, serve craft beer from Northern Monk and offer fine wines on tap. But that’s just the start. They’re following that with three more venues across the market that will see them serving everything from espresso to chef’s table experiences and food-to-go.
The Owl is set to open in Kirkgate Market in 2019.
The former Nichols Vegetarian Deli in Chapel Allerton will soon be taken over by the folks behind city centre favourites Sela Bar and Wax Bar. The New Briggate legends are branching out into the suburbs with a new all-day bar and kitchen that will show off all the things we know they’re good at. You can nip in for coffees during the day, grab a bite to eat and revel into the early hours with craft beer and cocktails as DJs spin classic tunes.
Canteen is set to open in Autumn 2019.
Cargo Crêpe is back and it’s here to stay. It opened briefly in Queens Arcade in 2018, but they’ve spent the last year working at street food events and festivals. Now, they’re opening a new permanent home in Kirkgate Market. Owner and master crepe chef Joe McDermott has created a menu of sweet crêpes and savoury galettes. You can tuck into banoffee, caramel and Chantilly cream or go for the Complète, a mix of Lishman’s ham, organic egg and their trademark cheese trio of Emmental, mature Cheddar and Comté.
Cargo Crêpe is opening in Leeds Kirkgate Market in August 2019.