Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Graham Clark
Features Writer
1:40 PM 1st April 2021

Merrion Street To Offer The Largest Undercover Hospitality Area In Leeds

Seven local independent operators located on Merrion Street have joined forces and plan to install a 50m canopy over Merrion street to create the city's largest outdoor drinking and dining area.

Manahatta, MOJO, Verve, Mean Eyed Cat, Roxy Ball Room, Yard & Coop and Liv Bar are taking part in the new venture, which will launch on 12th April in line with the Government Roadmap easing of restrictions for hospitality. The area will stay in place until 17th May.

Inspiration for the idea came from the hugely successful Merrion Street Festival in the summer of 2020, which saw bar and restaurant operators on the street collaborate for a weekend of live music, great food and drink. It's been a long, challenging year for operators in the leisure and hospitality industry, and like many others, the Merrion Street bars and restaurants are eager to reopen and welcome back their customers.

Lisa Morris, Co-Owner or Yard & Coop, said:
"Merrion Street has some of the area's best party bars and restaurants all now with plenty of outside seating and professional covering, making it one of the largest covered party areas in Leeds. Each venue will be showcasing their best drinks, food and good times. This is going to feel like being on holiday in the centre of Leeds - every weekend."

With a capacity to seat up to 200 people, the street will be covered entirely with a 50m canopy with each venue offering a selection of their signature dishes, drinks, and unique cocktails.

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