Leeds diners flock to new burger restaurant

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MEAT-MAD diners at a new restaurant in Leeds city centre have munched their way through thousands of burgers in a matter of weeks.

New restaurant Byron has served up 14,500 burgers to hungry customers since it opened its doors.

The popular burger restaurant has taken over the old La Senza site and former Church Institute building, situated on the corner of Lands Lane and Albion Place.

Its arrival has created over 40 jobs for local people and, as well as the thousands of burgers being sold, over 5,000 beers have also been served to thirsty customers.

The new eatery took over the Grade II-listed building six weeks ago.

It is the first Leeds venture for the company, which already has several sites in London as well as venues in Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and York.

Byron founder Tom Byng spent four years soaking up America’s burger culture before setting up the company in the UK in 2007.

He said: “We have a few restaurants now but our vision remains the same.

“To keep serving proper hamburgers the way they should be.”

The restaurant in the heart of Leeds city centre can seat up to 115 people and includes outside dining space.

It has kept a modern Victorian feel and decor, to tie in with the historic building.

The short, simple menu includes the classic, cheese, chilli and signature Byron, with cheese, bacon and Byron sauce, plus a regularly-changing special.

The menu also features sides such as French fries, onion rings, macaroni cheese and caesar salad, and desserts such as cheesecake, sundaes and chocolate brownies.

For more information about Byron, visit the website at www.byronhamburgers.com and www.facebook.com/byronhamburgers.

You can also follow @byronhamburgers on Twitter.


MEATliquor: A new branch of the ultra-trendy London ‘burger, beer and cocktail’ restaurant is set to open at Trinity Leeds this Autumn. It will be the first in the north and will have a seating capacity of 125, plus two bars across two floors when it opens on Bank Street. The business started five years ago when owner Yianni Papoutsis spent £3,000 on a burger van and started holding ‘burger parties’ in London, which developed a cult following.

Almost Famous: The popular Manchester brand is hoping to open its first Leeds venture by the end of the summer. The new restaurant is due to open at the former Escobar venue, which is next door to Nation of Shopkeepers, on Great George Street on Thursday, August 21.

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