The former Gatecrasher nightclub venue in Leeds is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp to transform it into two new bars and a gift shop.
The three-storey venue at the Grand Arcade, in New Briggate, was more recently known as BED Club from 2011 until its closure last year, but landlord ATC Properties has now announced the whole site has been re-let following a £2million investment.
Yorkshire bar chain Arc Inspirations LLP (AI) is spending a further £2m in turning a 10,000sqft area over two floors of the old club into New York-inspired ‘Manahatta’ bar, which will open on November 8.
Demon Leisure Ltd are stripping a 5,500sqft area back to its Victorian roots by creating the “quintessentially English” ‘Brotherhood of Pursuits and Pastimes’ bar that also launches in early November, while the old staff entrance to BED, inside the arcade, has already been turned into the home of independent gift shop start-up The Little Button Co.
Martin Wolstencroft, managing director at AI, has travelled with a team of experts to New York to ensure Manahatta had authentic decor and a new menu, which has been devised by Leeds chef Anthony Flinn.
Mr Wolstencroft said: “Leeds deserves to have cutting edge bar design, great food and drinks choices and excellence in service, so seeing what’s out there is integral to getting the best for our customers.”
The new bars hope to gain from the recent pedestrianisation of lower Merrion Street and continued signs of growth near the new “Arena Quarter”.
Seema Dhiman, from Demon Leisure Ltd who is behind the new Brotherhood bar with business partner Dirk Mischendahl, said: “We’ll have the best of English bartenders, drinks and spirits celebrating what we’re doing and what this country’s doing.”
The Grand Arcade now has only two vacant units – a retail or bar space that opens on to lower Merrion Street and Vicar Lane, and a basement bar accessed from Vicar Lane.