One of Leeds’s biggest restaurant names could be on the move from its prime city centre location.
Bosses at Anthony’s, in Boar Lane, have confirmed they are on the lookout for new premises for their flagship eatery, which sits opposite the new Trinity Leeds development.
The restaurant chain, run by culinary father-and-son Anthony Flinn and Anthony Flinn Jnr, also includes the Piazza in the Corn Exchange and the Anthony’s Patisserie in the Victoria Quarter.
The destination restaurant has won high praise since opening in 2004, and is considered one of the region’s beacons of fine dining.
Mr Flinn Snr, business director for the chain, today remained tight-lipped about the potential move, confirming only that “we may be moving premises”. He declined to expand on the reasons, but said “the big place opening across the road” was a factor.
However he stressed things were in early discussion stages and no decision had yet been made on a definite move.
The family-owned company opened in 2004 in Boar Lane, and expanded to deluxe food hall in a 13,000 sq ft section of the Corn Exchange in 2008.
Last year, both Anthony’s and Piazza by Anthony were named in a list of the country’s best restaurants put together by The Good Food Guide 2012.
The Boar Lane restaurant had the additional distinction of making it into the gastronomic bible’s top 50 for the third year running.
Mr Flinn Snr said at the time he was “delighted” to have two of his eateries featured.
The Anthony’s website says it has “embarked on an ambitious expansion plan” and has a “proven commitment to ensuring the best possible dining experiences”.
It adds: “The Anthony’s Restaurant is our flagship restaurant and since opening its doors has established a reputation for creative and innovative cuisine to the highest of standards, offering a true gastronomic experience without pretence or pomposity, appealing to all food lovers and not a chosen few.
“It is critically acclaimed both locally and nationally and hailed as the most exciting restaurant in Leeds for decades by the most demanding critics.