City Buzz: New Italian restaurant to open in Leeds city centre

Gusto in Manchester, which will be similar to the new Leeds venue.
Gusto in Manchester, which will be similar to the new Leeds venue.
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A TASTY new restaurant will serve up some Italian treats when it arrives on Greek Street this summer.

Gusto Restaurant and Bar will open at the ground floor of Pennine House in the former Henry’s Bar site, which is opposite Prohibition.

The latest addition is part of the ever-expanding Gusto chain, which already has 11 restaurants across the UK – including one in Cookridge, north Leeds. Speaking about the new location, Sue Crimes, managing director at Gusto, said: “This is a very exciting time for myself and the Gusto team.

“We are delighted to be opening a second restaurant in Leeds.”

The new Leeds restaurant is just the tip of the iceberg for the company.

Gusto was backed last year in a buyout by Palatine Private Equity to help the business roll-out its expansion plans across the UK.

In the pipeline are plans to open five new sites a year, with the aim of building it up to a total of 30 venues.

The business currently employs more than 400 staff across its various locations, and this is obviously set to grow with the new additions.

Sue added: “Gusto is evolving as a brand and whilst we have changed the style of the décor a little and changed the logo a bit, the new Gusto has everything that our customers have come to expect from us and a little bit more!”

The Cookridge restaurant has an extensive wine list and sells a range of dishes from seafood and steak to pizza and pasta and has become a firm favourite with the locals.

So we’ve got high hopes for the new city centre site.