Arc Inspirations invests in second Leeds site for The Pit


The Pit merrion streetYorkshire operator Arc Inspirations has begun work on a second site for its new bar concept The Pit after launching the first in Leeds city centre.

It is transforming its bar The Hub in Stainbeck Lane in the north Leeds suburb of Chapel Allerton into the new concept as part of a revamp of the site that will increase its floor space by two thirds.

The Pit opened in Merrion Street (pictured) in Leeds city centre in August, with stripped-back urban interiors and traditional slow-cooked American-style food such as burgers, ribs, wings and lobster.

Like Merrion Street, the new bar in Chapel Allerton will feature a cocktail menu created by Declan McGurk, bar manager at the American Bar at London’s Savoy, who was formerly Arc Inspirations’ bar development manager.

Arc Inspirations is investing £450,000 in the new site, which will be built partly underground, increasing its floor space by two thirds by tunnelling behind a neighbouring unit.

It will feature 10 new HD plasma screens for screening sport as well as a customised Babyfoot football table, built by French craftsmen in Paris.

The food, under executive chef John Richold, will feature dishes cooked on a hand-built smoker from Oklahoma, called Sally, which cooks low and slow over a unique blend of imported American hardwoods that enhance flavours and textures.

The Pit will also have a wood-fired char broiler, called Cindy, also from Oklahoma, which cooks with intense heat to caramelise and sear, ensuring meat is succulent and tender.

The bar will stock premium craft beers from around the world as well as its own beer, an American-style Pilsner called Pit Canary, which was inspired by the old mining days when a canary was carried into the pit to check it was safe to enter.

The size of the team at The Pit is being increased by 10 as part of Arc Inspirations’ strategy to provide the best customer service.

Martin Wolstencroft, managing director of Arc Inspirations, said: “The Chapel Allerton area is one of our favourite locations outside of the city centre. The Pit on Merrion Street has set the benchmark and what we’ve achieved at this location, we’re confident we can achieve in Chapel Allerton.

“We want to keep our standards just as high, whether it’s a city centre location or in the suburbs. We want people to feel both at home and inspired by their surroundings. Why wouldn’t we want the best in everything? We also know a happy team keep our customers happy, so we’re really looking forward to this fabulous new look.”

It brings the total investment in Arc Inspirations’ estate over the past four months to £2.25million. It spent £800,000 on transforming a disused building into the first site for The Pit and also invested £1million in developing the Banyan Bar & Kitchen that opened in Little Stonegate, York, in July.

The Pit in Chapel Allerton will open on November 29.

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