Arc Inspirations is to open a second site in Leeds for its bar concept The Box after the success of the first in Headingley.
It is investing £1.3million in creating the new site across two floors in Leeds city centre’s financial district, with 150 covers and space of over 8,000 square feet. Taking over the former site of Ricci’s Tapas in Infirmary Street, it is due to be completed in the autumn.
The group, which operates bars across Yorkshire as well as Manchester, opened The Box in Headingley in 2002 (pictured) as a suburban student bar but aims to extend the brand’s appeal with the second outing.
Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft said: “We are thrilled to announce the evolution of our long-standing and most successful concept, The Box. Looking to Leeds city centre for the second location, we’ve taken the elements our customers love about what we do and worked to broaden its appeal beyond a place as a firm favourite for students to an inner-city local for day and nights out, for residents, workers and visitors to the city.
“We’ll feature an amazing range of craft beers, draught cocktails, accompanied by authentic Mexican street food, experiential games and live sport screens. A unique screening and tap room will provide a great space for private gatherings or corporate events.
“We brought Nik Lowery on as our new property director in February and this is his first acquisition for us – and with a quick turnaround. He saw the success of our Headingley venue and increased demand for the brand and seized an opportunity to branch The Box out across the north of England.
“The brand will add another great choice of where to go out in the city and complement Manahatta and Banyan, our popular outlets we operate nearby.”