Hammerson announces that international restaurant group D&D London will open its new Japanese restaurant Issho at Victoria Gate, part of the Victoria Leeds Estate, on Wednesday 21 June.
The luxury restaurant, bar and hotel group which boasts Michelin stars amongst its 35 strong portfolio, is opening a 725 sq m restaurant on the rooftop of Victoria Gate, which opened its doors to the public in October of 2016. When the restaurant opens next month, visitors will be able to relax in the venue’s bar and outdoor terrace, and enjoy counter seating in front of a semi-open kitchen.
D&D is known for its conceptually creative and unique venues, with each of its restaurants maintaining an individual identity and feel. Issho, which means ‘together’ in Japanese, is the first of two D&D restaurants to open at Victoria Gate and will serve authentic Asian dishes with a contemporary twist and an emphasis on sharing.
The second restaurant will be a Manhattan-style rooftop bar and grill, named East 59th after the address of D&D’s New York outpost, Guastavino’s, and will offer visitors a US-inspired food menu when it opens this summer.
The opening of the two restaurants marks an important milestone for Victoria Gate, significantly adding to its leisure and dining offer with two new and innovative concepts. The arcades form part of the 53,400 sq m Victoria Leeds Estate with Victoria Quarter and are home to a premium line-up of brands, including Russell & Bromley, Aspinal of London, Joules, Nespresso, GANT and a flagship John Lewis.
Sarah Fox, Head of Restaurants and Leisure at Hammerson commented, “We are delighted to announce the opening date for Issho, a very exciting concept from an internationally renowned brand. The addition of not one, but two D&D restaurants to Victoria Gate will complement the aspirational tenant line-up and reinforce a superior dining offer for Leeds, cementing Victoria Leeds’ position as the leading premium retail and leisure destination in the north of England.”
Des Gunewardena, Chairman & CEO of D&D London said: “We are very excited to be opening two new restaurants in what is a spectacular rooftop space above the new Victoria Gate shopping centre. This will be our second significant venture in Leeds. Crafthouse and Angelica, which we opened in 2013, have proved big successes for us and we enjoy very much being a part of the city’s growing restaurant scene.”