Bosses of Leeds Corn Exchange want a new business to move into the basement – more than a year after a high-profile restaurant group went bust.
The large ‘Piazza’ level has hosted occasional events but has otherwise been empty since the Piazza by Anthony brasserie suddenly folded in June 2013.
Now marketing agents Fleurets are looking for a new bar or restaurant to take its place.
Spokesman Simon Hall said: “Leeds Corn Exchange is one of Britain’s finest buildings. It holds a tremendous significance, both as an architectural masterpiece and a cultural icon.
“Its rare features and city centre position make The Piazza a unique venue ideal for a flagship restaurant venue and leisure experience.”
The Grade I listed Corn Exchange was designed by architect Cuthbert Brodrick, the man behind Leeds Town Hall and was built in 1863. It was redeveloped as a shopping centre in the 1980s and opened its food emporium in 2008.
Chef Anthony Flinn, who also ran a fine dining restaurant on Boar Lane, introduced a 118-cover brassiere-style restaurant, cocktail bar, private dining rooms, cafe and specialist food outlets including a bakery, patisserie chocolate shop, cheese shop and donut shop.
But the business struggled and went into administration five years later.
Rod Witton, boss of GBR Phoenix Beard, the Corn Exchange’s managing agents, said the ground and upper floors were now nearly 100 per cent occupied.
“This is an excellent opportunity for prospective tenants to realise its full potential,” he added.