Restaurant group D&D London is to expand outside the capital with the launch of two restaurants at the Trinity Leeds shopping and leisure development in the heart of Leeds.
The move, which marks D&D London's first venture outside of London, follows a deal with Land Securities and will see the company take over the two upper floors of a new building adjacent to the main retail complex.
The two restaurants, which will launch in spring 2013, will comprise a modern French restaurant and a bar and grill concept serving British food. Occupying 12,000sq ft, both eateries will be designed by Conran and Partners and feature outside terraces with views over Leeds' Holy Trinity Church.
D&D chairman and CEO Des Gunewardena said the deal was an "important venture" for the group. "We have always thought that Leeds would feature prominently as part of our plans to expand in the UK outside London. It is a city where people enjoy eating out and Leeds has a significant and sophisticated business scene," he said.
John Grimes, retail leasing director at Land Securities, added: "Working with Des and his team on the development of their first UK venture outside London is a great opportunity.
"Leeds is the second most important financial and legal services hub outside London with a catchment to support the aspirational and niche destination which we will deliver."
D&D London, which was formerly called Conran Restaurants and is still 51% owned by Sir Terence Conran, currently operates 30 restaurants in London, Paris, Copenhagen, New York and Tokyo.
The company plans to open its first hotel at South Place in the City of London in summer 2012, which will include 80 bedrooms, meeting and private dining facilities and a rooftop restaurant.
By Kerstin Kühn
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