A FORMER auction house in Leeds city centre has been snapped up and will be transformed into a new tapas restaurant.
The Grade-II listed Hepper House building on East Parade is being taken on by tapas chain Iberica.
The company already has four restaurants in London (including one at Canary Wharf), and the first site in the north recently opened its doors across The Pennines in Manchester.
The news of the tapas chain expanding to Leeds comes shortly after the launch of La Rambla – just a few doors down from where Iberica will be – and follows the success of the Basque-inspired Pintura restaurant, close to Trinity Leeds.
It seems the city is undergoing somewhat of a Spanish revolution at the moment, and with La Tasca just up the road on Greek Street, there’s plenty of healthy competition around for this new kid on the block.
The new Iberica site in Manchester sells cocktails at around £8, as well as a range of tapas dishes, pinchos (mini plates), main meals, cured meats and cheese and Iberico ham, of course.
City Buzz understands the company will carry out an extensive interior refurbishment of the building before it opens its doors later this year.
It’s not a small project either, as the property includes 5,754sq ft of space on across the basement, ground floor and first floor.
According to our sources it’s still very early days so there’s no opening date just yet. But keep your eyes on City Buzz and we’ll keep you in the loop.