The Pit – a new underground bar, serving up classic US cuisine (burgers, steaks, lobster, ribs and wings) – is opening to the public tomorrow, making it the tenth venue in the portfolio of Leeds-based bar operator Arc Inspirations. They are the ones responsible for Headingley bars The Box, The Arc and Trio Bar & Grill.
The expansion has been fast, starting with The Arc in 2000, and even following the £800,000 development of The Pit, there are plans to expand further. Managing director Martin Wolstencroft said, “We are looking to grow our portfolio of bars in Yorkshire with two more bars opening next year.”
The Pit is located opposite Mojo, on Merrion Street, in the Northern Quarter. Its urban interior includes a sheared concrete curved bar, oak and steel furniture from local blacksmiths and a den with two custom-made ping pong tables. Those who wish to learn as well as drink (students?) can attend beer education events and cocktail master classes. Mr Wolstencroft added, “The Pit is very different to our other bars in Leeds, Harrogate and York, and we recognise that quality in everything that we do is a must.”
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