Meat Liquor to open in Leeds

15 October 2013 by
Meat Liquor to open in Leeds

Meat Liquor co-founders Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins are gearing up to open a new site in Leeds.

The restaurant, on the outskirts of the Leeds Trinity shopping centre will sit in a basement site next to Victoria's Secret and will again be called Meat Liquor.

The restaurant's licensing and planning applications are still pending but the new site is expected to open in spring 2014 at the latest. It will be designed by Shed Design.

"We will tap into the local market and use local furniture, suppliers, and food as we see fit," said Collins.

"The first pop-up we have ever done outside London was Leeds last year at Neon Cactus on Call Lane with Ged Feltham, so we have been looking at Leeds for ages. We have been biding our time, and then Land Securities heard about the pop-up and gave us a call about this basement site, which doesn't suit everyone, but we are used to working with peculiar sites, to say the least."

Feltham, who is the founder of restaurant and bar group Leelex, will also be involved in the new site, in an advisory capacity.

Papoutsis and Collins run four other permanent sites: Meat Liquor in Brighton, Meat Market on London's Covent Garden, Meat Mission on Hoxton Market and Meat Liquor on Welbeck Street. They also operate the mobile Meat Wagon.

The most recent site to launch was Meat Liquor in Brighton, which opened three weeks ago and is about to move up to trading six days a week, with seven-day-a-week trading the following week. It was also the first site to offer seafood, which Collins said had gone down well with customers so far.

Collins also runs food consultancy Drexl & Floyd co-owns Wishbone and was a shareholder in the Capital Pub Company.

Papoutsis and Collins opened the temporary #Meateasy in The New Cross Tavern, part of the Capital Pub Company estate in 2011, garnering huge social media attention and positive reviews.

The pair opened Meat Liquor in London later that year.

Greene King bought Capital Pub Company for £95m in 2011.

Meat Liquor pair to open Brighton restaurant >>

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