Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen has been launched in Leeds, specialising in smokin’ food and drink
A new American barbecue restaurant and bar concept has been unveiled by BurningNight Group to build on the success of its Bierkeller Entertainment Complexes.
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen has revealed its bold Old West-inspired look in Park Row in Leeds, with huge native American murals as a stunning centrepiece. Created inside the existing Bierkeller Entertainment Complex, it replaces the former Around The World bar and lounge – with plans already under way for a second in Manchester.
The new venue has a menu focused on in-house smoked meat and fish specialities alongside craft ales, wines, spirits and cocktails. As well as a selection of jam jar cocktails, it offers a range of twisted classics to tie in with the smokehouse food menu such as a Smoky Mary, a Smoked Agave Old Fashioned using reposado tequila and a smoky whisky and a Smokin’ Hot Pornstar with the addition of a little bourbon and jalapeño syrup.
With its strong US influence, Smokin’ pays homage to its rugged roots in its décor, including the giant floor-to-ceiling artwork commissioned from Leeds-based comic book artist and live mural specialist John Pearson.
Stripped dark woods have been mixed with exposed concrete and metalwork, with individual table and high bench seating and a long bare-brick feature bar. Even the toilets have been given an Old West touch, using galvanised buckets and old reclaimed oil drum sinks as well as light installations in each of the cubicles.
Rebecca Eastwood, operations director for BurningNight Group, said they were keen to create a unique identity for the new concept. “The murals are a big feature for us and we were really pleased to be able to get John to do them because he’s so well known in Leeds and his work is amazing.
“Design is an important part of everything we do, and because this is a listed building it gave us some challenges as well as plenty of opportunities. We’ve created a new entrance for Smokin’ and with the listed status we had to get a stonemason in to do all the work to form the steps. That was probably the biggest single job, but we wanted to take the time and effort to get it just right and the results are really impressive.”
Allan Harper, CEO of BurningNight Group, added: “We chose Leeds as the first site for Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen because our company was born in the city and it has been the springboard for our nationwide success. We’re proud of our roots here, so we wanted our Leeds customers to be the first to experience what we think is something quite special.”
Smokin’ Bar & Kitchen, 24 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5QB
Pictures by Adam Johns Photography