International restaurant group D&D London are cooking up a cordon bleu treat for Leeds.
The group which owns and operates restaurants in London, Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Tokyo has concluded agreements with Land Securities to develop and operate two top class restaurants, as part of Land Securities' Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure development in the heart of Leeds.
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The restaurants will occupy 12,000 square feet on the two upper floors of a new building adjacent to the main retail complex and will each have spectacular outside terraces with views towards the grade 1 listed Holy Trinity Church.
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The interiors are to be designed by Conran and Partners, famed for the design of internationally acclaimed D&D London restaurants including Coq d'Argent and Skylon.
The restaurant concepts will be entirely new and developed specifically for Trinity Leeds. It is anticipated that the venues will comprise a modern French restaurant together with a Bar and Grill serving principally British food.
D&D's Trinity Leeds restaurants will open in spring 2013 to coincide with the opening of the shopping centre and will employ over 100 staff, adding to the 3,000 retail related jobs which this new development will bring to Leeds.
Des Gunewardena, chairman and CEO of D&D London said: "This is an important venture for us. We have always thought that Leeds would feature prominently as part of our plans to expand in the UK outside London.
"It is a city where people enjoy eating out and Leeds has a significant and sophisticated business scene.
"We are also pleased to be working with Land Securities as part of what we think will be a very successful retail development and we love our location with its beautiful views of Holy Trinity Church."
Land Securities' Retail Leasing Director, John Grimes, said: "For us to provide quality restaurants in Trinity Leeds as destinations for fine diners, business customers, families and friends is very exciting and we look forward to creating 'a wow factor' in the heart of the city.