City Buzz: Popular Leeds venue closes to make way for new ‘Deep South’ dive bar

The Reform on Merrion Street, Leeds, will close its doors to make way for a new 'Deep South' dive bar.

The Reform on Merrion Street, Leeds, will close its doors to make way for a new 'Deep South' dive bar.

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Change is coming for Merrion Street once more as a beloved bar makes way for a new ‘Deep South’ dive bar.

Popular venue The Reform will close on September 5 after 11 years of trading.

But owner Phil Harrison told City Buzz that it’s very much a case of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, and taking its place will be Texas-themed bar Mean Eyed Cat.

Taking its name from a Johnny Cash song, the bar will serve cocktails and food inspired by the Deep South.

Phil’s latest idea came about after a family holiday to Austin, Texas and he plans to import beer from a New Orleans brewery.

He said: “I just love it out there and there’s nothing like this kind of concept here.

“In September we will have a closing party for The Reform before a three-week refurbishment to strip it all away and install a tin roof throughout the whole venue.”

Phil, who is in business with his wife Mel, also owns Verve next door, as well as Call Lane Social and its Tiki Hideaway – a concept he also came up with whilst on holiday.

There is more exciting news coming soon about The Reform, so keep an eye on Leeds City Buzz to find out the gossip.

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