THE GREEK Street revival has been staggering, with countless new bars and restaurants moving into the area in the past year alone.
But the revamp isn’t over yet, as a new Victorian-themed cocktail bar is about to mix things up.
Lost and Found opens its doors to the public on Friday, August 19 – but City Buzz got a sneak peek around the venue yesterday.
The botanical hideaway includes is set across two floors, with a main dining room on the ground floor and an antique library wall and dedicated cocktail bar downstairs.
The elegant decor and quirky ornaments, antiques and collectables aim to bring back some of the glamour of bygone eras.
It is the second Lost and Found site by Revere, which opened the first bar in Birmingham in 2012.
There are plans to roll out the concept even further.
Managing director Colin Sadler said: “We are delighted to have expanded The Lost and Found to Leeds following the huge success of the Birmingham venue.
“We are in discussions on further locations and believe 2016 and 2017 will be a transformational year for Revere.”
The company owns a collection of cocktail bars, restaurants, pubs and boutique hotels, including the newly-opened Foundry 39 in Edinburgh, The Fire Station bar in Waterloo and The Huntsman of Brokenhurst in the New Forest.
Its Leeds venue boasts an impressive cocktail menu, with a range of infused spirits and homemade creations.
The signature ‘Lost’ cocktails offer a twist on forgotten drinks of the past such as The Kraken’s Kaipirissima – a mix of a Caipirinha and a Dark and Stormy.
The ‘Found’ cocktails have all been created by the bar team.
The ground floor restaurant is surrounded by leather banquettes and floral upholstery, contrasting with the downstairs antique library wall and cocktail bar, which has a more relaxed, secluded feel.
Diners can take their pick from a list of sourdough pizzas, steak straight from the Josper charcoal oven or a simple Sunday roast.
The venue, which takes over the former La Tasca site, is a welcome addition to the street, which has seen the likes of The Alchemist, The Liquorist, Gusto and 7 Greek Street Social join the ranks in the past year or so.
But there are still newbies yet to arrive, with work continuing on the boutique 90-bed Dakota Hotel.
The street is starting to give the Northern Quarter a run for its money when it comes to a great night out – particularly since it has gone ‘car-free’.
The six-month trial has seen the road closed off to traffic from 5pm to midnight on Thursdays and Fridays, and 1pm to 12am on Saturdays and Sundays.
This has given the restaurants and bars that line the street the opportunity to make the most of the summer by setting up tables outside on the road to create a European, al fresco dining feel.
The Lost and Found will fit in well on the street but we’re sure it won’t be the last exciting new arrival we’ll be telling you about.
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