Smoke Barbecue opening in Leeds

By Liam Garrahan contact

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Smoke Barbecue Leeds is the brand's second restaurant
Smoke Barbecue Leeds is the brand's second restaurant

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Smoke Barbecue is to open in Leeds in September following a £500k investment, with plans in place for a third site in Glasgow.

The Sheffield-based barbecue restaurant will be opening its second restaurant, a 4,462sq.ft unit, in the city’s Arena Quarter after a deal worth more than £1m over 15-years was struck with Merrion Centre owners, Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS).

Owners Duka Nagy and Sean Gregory are designing a unique restaurant that will complement their Texas-themed menu.

Nagy said that the restaurant comes following the success of their original and that himself and Gregory have confidence in the brand.

“Our first restaurant in Sheffield has been a huge success and we’re confident that this can be repeated in other cities, starting with Leeds. There’s such a hub of activity going on in the Arena Quarter especially with the shops in the Merrion Centre and the first direct Arena, we are confident that customers will love this new offering,” he said.

“Having worked in the hospitality industry for years, Sean and I are both aware of the challenges and pitfalls in the restaurant industry. We’re confident in our offering and ensure we provide the best possible experience to customers, which is at the heart of our approach.”

Helen Green, associate director of estates for TCS, said: “We are very pleased that Smoke has chosen the Merrion Centre as an attractive location from which to operate.”

“The Arena Quarter is a top destination with restaurants, bars, shopping, convenient parking and the First Direct Arena all giving visitors reason to come and see us, we are very excited to add Smoke Barbecue to the offering,” she said.

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