Tabula Rasa (from Latin for “clean picture”), opened the first phase on the ground floor of her new location at 8 Eastgate.
It is part of the Vicar Lane program, which is part of the portfolio of Leeds-based Town Center Securities PLC (TCS), and the new cafe and cocktail bar is in a prime city center location between Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate.
Phase two, which will include the fully renovated original brick basement, is expected to open in due course.
The venue can accommodate up to 55 guests and is the latest to join a growing list of high-end operators in the flagship program, which includes Michelin-starred restaurant The Man Behind the Curtain, luxury fashion brand Flannels and the lounge hairdresser Hairitage.
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He said: “We chose this site because of its prime location in downtown Leeds with a high traffic pedestrian zone. Close to the popular Victoria Gate and John Lewis, as well as many other high quality retailers nearby we felt the addition of a center where people can have coffee and pastry while shopping, as well as enjoying fine drinks, champagne, cocktails and an extensive menu of dishes including sharing platters and charcuterie boards in the evening is a great addition to the neighborhood.
“Our proximity to Leeds Kirkgate Market means that Tabula Rasa has already been able to support local businesses to source ingredients and we look forward to building relationships with other regional suppliers in the future. “
Charles Newman, associate director at TCS, said; “We are delighted to welcome Tabula Rasa to our Vicar Lane program, which further enhances the premium offering for our customers. Our prime location between the Victoria district and Victoria Gate attracts discerning shoppers looking for high-quality establishments, and we are confident that the new Aperitivo café and cocktail bar will appeal to this clientele.
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