The ever-popular night life street in Leeds is taking on a new atmosphere with Call Lane’s Al Fresco-esque dining spaces thanks to recent renovations in the area. As of April 12th, people are once again allowed to meet up in beer gardens in line with government guidelines and the hospitality sector is getting creative with outdoor spaces.
Sheffield club Plug’s car park is becoming a 200-seater outdoor space with a huge screen, and Merrion Street, Leeds has created an the city’s biggest outdoor covered space for people.
Leeds council laid new paving and widened pavements in as part of its £25 million makeover of the area around the corn exchange closing the stree to traffic which includes a new cycle path. The work, which started back in January, aimed to see the road completely closed off as part of its pedestrian friendly aim.
Restaurant group Akito Ltd, which owns Oporto, Neon Cactus & Power Corruption and Lies will be opening three of their four sites for outdoor drinking on Monday.
The venues will have rain covers and outdoor seating as well as table service and a track and trace system for all guests. The three venues will not require bookings, leaving space for walk-ins of groups of up to six.
Oporto, Neon Cactus & Power Corruption and Lies opening times will be from 12pm to 12am, seven days a week with food being served until 10pm. Oporto is home to vegan food restaurant, so get ready for some great eats.
Ross Millar, Operations Manager, Akito Ltd said: “Down on Call Lane we are chomping at the bit to welcome people back for al fresco drinking and dining in our new and extended outside area.
“With extra seating available and no booking necessary the summer is going to look beautiful!
“Having done weeks of extensive research and development on new food and drink offerings in our venues we are super excited for people to come down and sample our creations.
“It’s been such a tough year all round for everybody, I personally feel a real sense of excitement and emotion for the coming months when we are able to get back to what we know and see some lovely faces.”
A Leeds City Council spokesperson said:“Leeds City Council has worked with hospitality businesses across the city as they prepare to welcome back customers from 12th April.
“Large parts of the city centre have been transformed over the past year, with some of our key streets and spaces now offering wider footways, more room for outdoor seating, and newly planted trees”
We are loving the new Al Fresco dining feel, and hope it finds a place in the UK’s city centres all year round.
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