Maki and Ramen Leeds: Japanese restaurant plans to open new site in old Pret A Manger on Bond Street
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Maki & Ramen has taken over the former Pret A Manger on the city centre’s Bond Street, and has applied for planning permission to tweak the exterior. The Edinburgh-based chain, which specialises in ramen, sushi and noodles, was founded in 2015 by Japanese chef Teddy Lee.
There are five Maki & Ramen restaurants in the Scottish capital, two in Glasgow and one in Manchester. The opening date for the Leeds restaurant is yet to be announced and the unit is still an empty shell, but planning permission to extend the opening hours of the premises has been submitted.
Maki & Ramen has asked Leeds City Council for permission to open from 8am-11pm. It also wants to put up new signs and replace the two first floor windows.
The restaurant chain promises to transport diners to Japan with “just one slurp” with high-quality ramen, sushi and maki rolls, which can be eaten in or taken away. It uses broth that is slow cooked for eight hours and homemade noodles made in its Edinburgh factory.