More than 50 jobs to be created through celebrity chef restaurant opening

Celebrity chef, Gino D’Acampo, is to open a new upmarket Italian restaurant and bar at the recently refurbished Leeds Marriott Hotel.

The opening heralds the first of a number of new signings for the hotel and leisure company, further to striking a partnership with Marriott Hotels International and Hamilton-Pyramid Europe.

Gino’s latest project will see an investment of £1.5m in the building with the new venue to open this spring, creating 52 jobs.

Designed by international restaurant designer Bernard Carroll, it will feature a marble bar complete with lounge area, a cicchetti bar, deli, a 160-seater open plan restaurant, and an outdoor terrace.

The restaurant will be open all day, every day for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner until late. Guests of the hotel will also be able to enjoy in-room dining prepared by the restaurant.

For those looking to host large parties and bespoke events, D’Acampo will also be providing the cuisine in the Marriott’s banqueting and meeting spaces.

The restaurant is D’Acampo’s sixth opening in less than two years. It follows launches in Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, London, and Alderley Edge, and is part of his strategy to set up further upmarket restaurants in major UK and affluent suburbs.

D’Acampo said: “I couldn’t be more pleased to announce plans for Gino D’Acampo at Leeds Marriott Hotel.

“I have a long relationship with the city having opened one of my first restaurants in Leeds almost eight years ago and I’m thrilled to return with the opening of my new upmarket Italian restaurant and bar, which I promise will be something else.

”We’ve been looking for the perfect location for some time and at Leeds Marriott Hotel we have found it.”

Alan Malloy, general manager at the hotel, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Gino and his team and can’t wait to welcome guests this spring.

“Our goal is to bring the very best choice in upmarket dining to our hotel guests and local audience. Our partnership with Gino D’Acampo could not be a better fit and we are looking forward to the opening of this fabulous restaurant and bar in the heart of our hotel.”

Frank Croston, CEO of Hamilton-Pyramid Europe, who act on behalf of ownership, added: “We are pleased to have secured this exciting partnership at the Leeds Marriott Hotel with Gino D’Acampo Hotels & Leisure and believe the synergies with the Marriott brand and customer will represent a ‘win-win’ solution for all stakeholders.”

Work on the new restaurant and bar starts on 10 January and will see a complete refurbishment of the building.