AFTER Baracoa Luxe Bar and Elbow Room closed on Call Lane earlier this year, it didn’t look like good news for that part of the city centre.
But change is on the horizon, as Revolución de Cuba moves into the former Baracoa site on the corner of Lower Briggate.
The venue will undergo a £1.5million transformation to become a rum bar and cantina and is set to open later this month.
And there’s more good news.
The Baracoa brothers have found a new site to bring back the bar – and it’s just down the road.
Entrepreneurs Jimmy and Symon Dean, who own Baracoa, have snapped up the old Rock Bar site for their latest venture.
Staying on Call Lane was an important element for the pair, who sold their former site to Revolución de Cuba.
Symon said: “Baracoa has a unique feel and clientele. It’s very special.
“In the four years of operating the previous site we were blown away with the incredible support shown by the Leeds public, and of course those that come into our city from out of town.”
The former Rock Bar site is now set to undergo a major refurbishment to become the new Baracoa Luxe Bar.
It’s great news for the area, and we can only hope that the Elbow Room site will also get snapped up soon as well.
An official date for the Baracoa launch is yet to be revealed, but City Buzz will bring you all the news as soon as we have it.
In the meantime, you can keep your eyes peeled on Twitter @baracoaluxebar or search for ‘Baracoa Luxe Bar’ on Facebook for more information.