Leeds’ only Michelin starred restaurant set for bigger premises

Michael O'Hare with Edward Ziff and Edwina Hewson.
Michael O'Hare with Edward Ziff and Edwina Hewson.
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Michelin starred restaurant ‘The Man Behind the Curtain’ is set to move into new premises within Leeds’ Victoria Gate area.

Leeds-based property company Town Centre Securities (TCS) has finalised a deal to secure new, improved premises for the only Michelin starred restaurant in the city.

Due to open in the Autumn, the larger space will feature an open kitchen, new bar area and the option to include more tables in order to serve an increased number of diners at any one time.

The original restaurant opened in 2014 and went on to win a Michelin star in 2015. It has won praise for its bold and unusual dishes.

The dining concept was created entirely by chef Michael O’Hare. He combines unusual ingredients with quirky dish names and wildly artistic presentation.

Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities, said: “We are delighted to have finalised this deal to secure brand-new premises for this exceptional Leeds restaurant. The Victoria Gate area of Leeds continues to grow in prominence as a key shopping and eating destination and is the obvious location for The Man Behind the Curtain’s new site.

“We were keen to ensure we could accommodate this outstanding restaurant, and our solicitors, Shulmans LLP, have done a great job to facilitate this.”

Edwina Hewson, partner at Shulmans LLP acting on behalf of TCS, said “It has been really interesting to work on the relocation of this iconic Leeds restaurant.

“Working with TCS as part of our longstanding professional relationship, we’ve had the rewarding task of handling the commercial property legal work, with my colleague, Jayne Smiles, looking after all the construction documentation.

“It has been a pleasure playing our part in this development and we look forward to celebrating its success, upon completion.”

This is the latest exchange in a series of deals that TCS has completed on properties in this area of the city centre.

Earlier this month it announced it had completed a purchase of joint venture shares to take full ownership of Buckley House on Vicar Lane in Leeds.

TCS already owns the adjacent buildings to Buckley House including County House and the Coronation Buildings and now controls the full island site at the front of the recently opened Victoria Gate shopping centre.

Gareth Harris of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP

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