Hot award for Leeds barbecue restaurant

Leeds businessmen and Red's co-founders James Douglas and Scott Munro
Leeds businessmen and Red's co-founders James Douglas and Scott Munro
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A Leeds restaurant has served up a treat after it was named best newcomer at a national awards ceremony.

Red’s True Barbecue, which now has two sites in Leeds and one in Manchester, scooped the award at the prestigious Catey’s in London.

The well-respected ceremony showcases some of the hospitality industry’s highest flyers and hottest brands.

Award-winners are nominated, selected and rewarded by their industry peers at the glittering event.

Red’s, which is set to open a new restaurant in Headingley, picked up best newcomer.

The accolade is awarded to a business showing promise within the industry and other finalists included The Truscott Arms and The Genuine Dining Co, both based in London.

Kevin Watson, managing director at Amadeus and one of the judges, said: “I chose them because of their commitment to research, the focus on the product, their fantastic results on their first opening and their second opening, and the fact they have never had any experience in this sector before.”

The first-time restaurant amateurs James Douglas and Scott Munro, who co-founded Red’s, said they were delighted with the award.

James said: “This October we will have been in business just two years, and it still continues to surprise and amaze both Scott and I just how much Red’s has captured the imagination of the public and industry peers.

“We knew nothing about running restaurants when we got into this game, but ridiculous amounts of passion for American barbecue and a commitment to creating a restaurant experience that we think is cool and would enjoy to eat in is what’s driven this business.

“We’re honoured to receive this award; it’s as much for us as it is for the 130 people who work within our business and the 40,000 believers who continue to turn up each month to worship at Red’s.”

Red’s True Barbecue has one venue at Cloth Hall Street near the Corn Exchange in Leeds and another in Manchester.

The business sells 40 tonnes of meat to over 35,000 customers each month

Red’s has recently announced strong full-year trading figures, with turnover up 70 per cent and restaurant-level operating profit increasing by 102 per cent.

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