Infamous Leeds nightclub to star in revival of arcade

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A former Leeds nightclub is set for a new lease of life as a bar and restaurant complex.

The three-storey unit in Leeds Grand Arcade has been empty ever since it emerged that the BED nightclub would not reopen to students in August.

ATC Properties, which owns the Victorian arcade which has been the subject of a £1.3m transformation, has submitted plans to Leeds City Council that would split the building into two separate ground floor venues.

Regional bar and restaurant chain Arc Inspirations (AI), which opened The Pit bar in the Grand Arcade’s basement in August, is to open a new outlet in the former club’s lower ground floor in late summer 2014.

Martin Wolstencroft, managing director at AI, said the success of The Pit has given the firm the confidence to further invest in the city’s Northern Quarter.

He said: “This success has given us the confidence to open another bar and with this brand new concept and investment of £1.3m, it’s a really exciting time.”

He said the bar was subject to approval of plans and confirmation that lower Merrion Street will be pedestrianised next year.

BED club closed citing that the 700-capacity venue was “too small” earlier this year. It came as Gatecrasher Clubs & Bars Limited, BED’s parent company, was experiencing financial problems and after the firm was fined £5,000 for the sale of fake vodka.

A spokesman for ATC Properties said it intends the new AI venue to be accessed from lower Merrion Street, while it is seeking a tenant for the upper ground floor restaurant unit that will be accessed from New Briggate.

He said: “The area is going from strength to strength and the recent decision to pedestrian this section of lower Merrion Street will make it even better.”

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