Marco Pierre White opening first Leeds restaurant

By Liam Garrahan contact

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Marco's New York Italian, Leeds
Marco's New York Italian, Leeds

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Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has announced the opening of Marco’s New York Italian in Leeds’ Arena Quarter.

Located on the ground floor of the area’s new Ibis Styles hotel, the restaurant signals the chef’s first venture into the Yorkshire city.

Opening in December 2016, the 90-cover restaurant is part of a franchise agreement between AccorHotels and Pierre White’s Black and White Hospitality business. It aims to celebrate the chef’s Italian heritage and love of classic American dishes.

Nick Taplin, chief executive of Black and White Hospitality, said: “We are looking forward to starting work on this project, particularly because of the significance it holds for Marco with his debut site in Leeds.

“The Arena Quarter offered the perfect location for us in the heart of the city.  Located next to the first direct arena, which has rapidly established itself as one of the most in-demand venues in the world, the Arena Quarter is Leeds’ most exciting leisure destination.”

The building is owned by Town Centre Securities PLC (TSC) who will retain the ownership of both properties.

Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities PLC, said: “This is a landmark announcement for Leeds’ Arena Quarter.  The Ibis Styles Hotel will provide stylish accommodation for visitors to the city.

“Furthermore, welcoming the world-renowned and Leeds-born Marco Pierre White for his first restaurant in the city is tremendous news and a sign of the appeal of the Arena Quarter as a location.  His New York Italian brand will add something exciting to our dining offer, complementing the existing line-up of great brands.”

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