New restaurant joins Leeds’s ‘Business Quarter’

A new restaurant is set to take over the old Elysium site.
A new restaurant is set to take over the old Elysium site.
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LEEDS boasts an impressive dining scene – and with competition so fierce, it’s not always easy to find the recipe for success.

That’s particularly true for one particular spot on Wellington Street.

Italian restaurant Mio Modo opened on the corner of Britannia Street in the heart of the so-called ‘Business Quarter’ a few years back but closed in 2012. It was quickly followed by new restaurant Elysium, which recently closed its doors after a similar stint at the same site.

But hopefully the tide is about to turn, as the venue is changing hands once more.

Mediterranean restaurant Espeto is hoping to change its fortune. Work is under way on transforming the venue, and the signs are already up in preparation for the opening.

With the closure of nearby French restaurant La Grillade back in 2014, it looked like a worrying time for the area.

However, it wasn’t long before Italian eatery Buca di Pizza took its place.

Soon after, the dining scene around York Place underwent some changes too.

My Thai took over the former Old Steps building, and burrito offering Amigos and Juici Sushi have recently set up shop on Britannia Street.

City Buzz also understands new eatery Latin Bites will be opening at Britannia House soon. There’s no denying the £100m Central Square development has played a part in kick-starting the reboot of the area’s restaurants.

The 11-storey building opposite Espeto will be home to thousands of workers when it opens.

Let’s hope the new eateries get to experience the taste success and are here to stay.