Dining dismay after acclaimed Leeds restaurants shut

Empty tables at Anthony's at the Corn Exchange, Leeds.
Empty tables at Anthony's at the Corn Exchange, Leeds.
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Restaurants that helped to put Leeds on the culinary map have closed.

The end of the line for Anthony’s, Piazza by Anthony and Rib Shakk - all located in the Corn Exchange - was announced on Friday. (June 21)

Their sister eaterie Anthony’s Patisserie in the Victoria Quarter also closed.

The quartet were part of a gastronomic empire built up in Leeds over the last nine years by chef Anthony Flinn and his father, also called Anthony Flinn.

The YEP understands the firm employs around 70 members of staff.

The amalgamated Piazza and Anthony’s restaurant had until now occupied the entire ground floor level of the refurbished Corn Exchange.

A notice on the Corn Exchange’s website said: “Very sad news that Anthony’s has closed.”

The father and son team established Anthony’s on Boar Lane in 2004 and it was heralded as a trailblazer putting the city on the nation’s culinary map.

The flagship restaurant moved from Boar Lane to the Corn Exchange earlier this year.

Anthony Flinn and his father were the big winners in the YEP’s Oliver Awards this year taking a clutch of awards.

Speaking at the time to the YEP Mr Flinn said: “It’s all about hard work and believing in what you’re doing. The moment you stop believing in what you do is when you should stop doing it.

“But we believe in our staff, we believe in the business and we believe in Leeds, which is why we’re here.”

Mr Flinn said a statement regarding the firm’s future would be released on Monday.

RISE OF ANTHONY

nine years ago the Flinn family took the Leeds dining scene by storm.

In 2004 they opened Anthony’s on Boar Lane which won praise from esteemed food critics.

Their emporium expanded and Anthony’s has been regarded as one of the success stories that emerged from a controversial revamp of the Corn Exchange.

Independent retailers were cleared from the building in 2007.

But the restaurants’s demise was greeted with shock by other members of the Leeds dining scene.

Chapel Allerton’s Hummingbird Kitchen and Bar called the closures “sad news” and described Mr Flinn as “a real inspiration” and a “Leeds legend”.