Rooftop restaurant and bar plan for former Leeds city centre strip club building

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A former strip club is set to become a new restaurant and bar with a large rooftop ‘skybar’ offering an almost 360 degree view of the city.

The former Blue Coyote club on Merrion Street is set for a £4m transformation after plans were given the green light by council bosses.

The man behind the scheme is Leeds businessman Mahmood Maz​h​ar, who owns a telecoms company as well as properties and leisure businesses across the city including Norman Bar, on Call Lane.

He said the 3,500sq ft ‘glass box’ rooftop bar and restaurant will be “the best sky bar in Leeds”.

“It’s going to be more or less 360 degrees around Leeds. There’s nowhere else in Leeds with that kind of space.

“It’s very exciting, one of the most exciting ventures I’ve been involved in. I’m extremely happy with the support from Leeds City Council, and [property surveyor] Fox Lloyd Jones and my architect Alan Soper.”

The building has been empty since Blue Coyote, and latterly bar Mayaimi, closed.

The new plans are to create a bar and restaurant in the ground floor and basement, add office space on the first and second floor and build the third floor skybar, which would have its own entrance.

A report to the chief planning officer at Leeds City Council said: “The rooftop is set back and will provide a light-weight and visually lively addition to the street scene, which would offer impressive views both of the building itself as well as out from the building over the city to the south.”

Due to its location in the heart of the Northern Quarter and its proximity to Leeds Arena, The Grand Theatre and various shopping centres, the YEP understands there has been a significant number of bars and restaurants expressing an interest opening on the site.

Mr Maz​h​ar said discussions were ongoing as to which businesses will move into the building.