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A new barbecue restaurant is opening at a Leeds shopping centre – and City Buzz got an exclusive look round.

Smoke opens at the Merrion Centre this week.

Smoke at The Merrion Centre, Leeds. Pics: Simon Hulme.

Smoke at The Merrion Centre, Leeds. Pics: Simon Hulme.

The Texas-inspired eatery will serve up pulled pork, brisket and burgers.

Owners Sean Gregory and Duka Nagy have been friends for over 20 years and opened their first site in Sheffield a couple of years ago after being inspired by the popular Man vs. Food television show.

They’ve now spent £500,000 on the refurbishment of the 4,400sq ft site on Merrion Way, after completing an agreement worth over £1m over 15 years with Merrion Centre owners Town Centre Securities.

Duka said: “There’s such a hub of activity going on in the Arena Quarter especially with the shops in the Merrion Centre and the First Direct Arena, we are confident that customers will love this.”

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Smoke, which will create 35 jobs, follows in the footsteps of new cheese restaurant by Homage2Fromage, which opens at LAB soon (read all about it here).

The Merrion Centre will also welcome Marco’s New York Italian, by top chef Marco Pierre-White, in 2016.

Read more about it here.

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