Arc Inspirations to switch two Leeds sites to Banyan concept


Arc Inspirations is investing in switching two of its existing sites in the Leeds area to its flagship brand, Banyan Bar & Kitchen.

It is to spend a total of £750,000 in refurbishing the two suburban bar-restaurants, Napa in Street Lane in Roundhay and Kobe in New Road Side in Horsforth, to the expanding concept.

Arc Inspirations has completed a revamp of Banyan in Harrogate (pictured) – the brand’s original site in 2006 – and opened three other Banyan sites in York in 2013, Manchester’s Corn Exchange last year and City Square in Leeds in April this year.

The two new Banyan sites will feature its sophisticated look with a high-quality all-day dining menu and a premium drinks offering, including its renowned gin copa serves.

Arc Inspirations’ CEO, Martin Wolstencroft, said: “We have had an incredible response to our new-look Banyans in Manchester, Harrogate and Leeds City Square – not only from our customers but from our staff too.

“It was a no-brainer to transform our Napa and Kobe sites into the stylish, genuine and beautiful Banyan to give customers a sophisticated setting, no matter the occasion – whether it’s catch-ups over cocktails, a leisurely lunch, delicious dinner, or an upbeat evening out with friends.

“Our passionate, committed team will remain in place at both sites, while the rebrand will also see an additional 20 jobs created.

“I’m confident Banyan Roundhay and Horsforth will be the most unique renovation projects Leeds has seen, and I’m excited to hear what our customers think. Watch this space!”

The latest refurbishments form part of Arc Inspirations’ development plan with an additional Arc site set to open in Leeds in early 2017. Its other brands include The Pit which can now be found in Leeds city centre, Headingley, Chapel Allerton and Harrogate as well as one-off concepts such as Manahatta in Leeds.

Napa Bar & Kitchen, which opened in 2007, will close on October 3 and re-open as Banyan on October 21 after a £400,000 refurbishment. The 3,000 sq ft site includes an indoor and outdoor dining area accommodating 200 covers from 10am to midnight.

Kobe, which opened eight years ago, will close on October 31 and re-open as Banyan on November 18. The impressive 3,500 sq ft site has 180 covers and will extend its current offering to serve guests with breakfast, lunch, snacks, sharing plates and dinner.

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