City Buzz: New restaurant to move into historic Leeds building?

Sam's Chophouse, Leeds.
Sam's Chophouse, Leeds.
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A city centre restaurant that shut down months ago could be getting a new lease of life.

Plans to alter the former Sam’s Chophouse site on South Parade have been submitted to Leeds City Council.

The huge venue boasts a ground floor with 1,500 sq ft of space and a 1,770 sq ft basement area.

According to the planning documents submitted by Cordonier Vaughan Architects, some minor layout alterations are being sought.

These include the removal of walls in the basement to make way for restaurant space and a private dining area.

The plans could also see the original ground floor bar moved to a smaller area and the previously raised dining space lowered back to its natural height.

However it’s a listed building, so period features including the old-fashioned radiators and doors will be kept.

The venue was formerly part of the Pearl Insurance building, which went on to become a pub before Sam’s Chophouse moved in.

It’s not exactly an extensive list of businesses that have moved in and out of the site so hopefully the new restaurant, if and when it eventually arrives, will be here to stay.

It seems like a shrewd time to be investing in this area right now.

With Greek Street just around the corner getting a multi-milllion pound makeover, five-star hotel, new restaurants and The Alchemist opening a second bar there, it’s a bit of a no-brainer.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – this area will soon be one of the best places for a night out on the town. Just wait and see.