New barbecue restaurant brings Texan “passion” to Leeds city centre

Smoke Barbeque in the Merrion Centre
Smoke Barbeque in the Merrion Centre
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Owners of a new barbecue restaurant in Leeds say they are bringing a taste of Texas to Leeds city centre.

Smoke Barbeque, in the Merrion Centre, will serve classic Deep South dishes including pulled pork, ribs and brisket.

Chefs Tom Simpson and Chris Olloman at work

Chefs Tom Simpson and Chris Olloman at work

The £500,000 venture, which will employ about 35 staff, is the second opened by owners Sean Gregory and Duka Nagy after their first in Sheffield.

Inspired by a visit to Austin, Texas, in 2011, they use a traditional open-pit to cook.

Ms Nagy said: “This is another massive step for us as a team and a business – to have two restaurants right in the heart of Leeds and Sheffield is brilliant. The Merrion Centre is enjoying a period of growth, so to be part of that, the burgeoning Arena Quarter and the city’s growing reputation is just brilliant.

“We love what we do and we hope that customers feel that passion when they dine with us. We cook our food our way, the traditional way.”

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