Leeds bar customer pressure stops last orders

Customer pressure has persuaded the owner of a popular Leeds bar to reverse a decision to close the business.

Earlier this week, it was announced that the popular Angel's Share in Chapel Allerton was to close with a celebratory party on December 31 and remain in business only as a venue for private functions.

But now bar owning entrepreneur Ged Feltham says the venue will stay open.

A decision about the bar's longer term future will be made next year.

He said: "It's a tough decision both ways. The recession has been difficult outside the city centre."

Mr Feltham, founder and owner of Leelex Limited which also owns in Leeds Oporto, Neon Cactus, Jake's Bar and Grill and London's Portobello Star, said the announcement that Angel's Share was to go sparked a positive response from customers prompting him to keep the doors open.

Many did not want to lose a popular meeting place in north Leeds.

Mr Feltham said: "A lot of our regulars have said we cannot close it and business has built up quite a bit so we have decided to leave it

open and battle it out.

"We might as well keep it open. We have had lots of emails and texts and we have got to listen to customers."

Mr Feltham said he was taking a wait and see approach over the bar's long-term future and that it could still be closed in the future if a suitable buyer was found.

"We are not going to give it away and it has to be the right candidate," said Mr Feltham.

In the meantime, he said that investment in the venue could be on the cards now "to get it back to its glory days of four years ago".

Angel's Share opened in June 2005 and established itself as a popular drinking and eating destination.

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