Venetian-inspired group Polpo is to open two sites with high-end department store Harvey Nichols early next year, in London and Leeds.
Polpo Leeds will open on the fourth floor of the city's Harvey Nichols store on Briggate. It will be the brand's second site outside the capital, after Brighton.
The new London outlet is expected to open on the fifth floor of the Knightsbridge branch of Harvey Nichols.
The sites will be the eighth and ninth openings for the Polpo brand, which also has sites in Soho, Chelsea, Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Smithfield and the Ape & Bird pub near Seven Dials.
In the same style as previous Polpo sites, the new interiors will take inspiration from rustic back-street bacaro bars in Venice, and the menu will focus on similarly-inspired small plates with dishes from the region of Veneto, and drinks such as Aperol or Campari spritz, Prosecco, bellinis and negronis.
Luke Bishop, managing director of the restaurant group, said: "It is very exciting to be working with Harvey Nichols. We have wanted to find a home for Polpo in the north of England for a long time now and, with its already vibrant and exciting restaurant scene, Leeds is the perfect place."
The group, from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty (pictured), which opened the first Polpo on London's Beak Street in 2009, also includes the London sites Polpetto, Spuntino and Mishkin's.
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