High-tech Leeds restaurant closes but bosses vow to battle on

Teppan Two Sixty.
Teppan Two Sixty.
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A restaurant in Leeds has closed its doors after eight months in business – but the owners are promising to bounce back.

Teppan Two Sixty was the first restaurant in Leeds city centre that encouraged diners to order food via i-pads.

The eatery took over the former Casa Mia site on the corner of Millennium Square and Great George Street in June last year.

The YEP understands a London-based cocktail bar company has approached the owners with the possibility of taking it over, and talks are ongoing.

Teppan Two Sixty is run by managing director Bokmun Chan and his wife Yin Mei Chan.

They also own popular Pan-Asian restaurant The Orchid in Harrogate, which has been running for almost 15 years.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Yin Mei said: “Teppan is closed for now and we are looking for the right site to re-open.

“Our plan is to maybe find a more suitable site with more passing footfall in the day time.

“It is a good concept and we are fine-tuning our menu as well with more choices.

“We need to put it in the right place and follow it up with good marketing.

“It is a new concept and we need to work on getting that across.”

Yin Mei added: “We put all our heart into it and we will learn lessons. We are hoping to relaunch it and we are looking for a site in Harrogate or Leeds and maybe a more manageable site.”

Speaking about The Orchid restaurant in Harrogate, which is open as usual, she said: “The Orchid is very busy.”

Teppan Two Sixty had recruited former Michelin-starred chef Kenneth Poon to work on the menu.

Mr Poon was previously the head chef of The Dorchester hotel in Mayfair, London.

The Teppan Two Sixty restaurant saw food served on a hot plate – heated to 260 degrees – so that customers could cook the food to their taste.

Italian restaurant Casa Mia previously owned the city centre site, but closed its doors following years of service, shortly before Teppan moved into the building.

The company still has a restaurant on Stainbeck Lane in Chapel Allerton.