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Irwin Mitchell Advise El Gato Negro on New Restaurant Space in Leeds


Karen Roberts, Press Officer | 0207 400 8714

National law firm Irwin Mitchell has advised El Gato Negro, the partnership between restaurateur Simon Shaw and Mills Hill Developments Ltd on the acquisition of 35 Park Row in Leeds, the former site of Jamie's Italian.

The owners plan to open the third El Gato Negro restaurant on the site for a winter 2019 launch.

The new premises in Leeds city centre were  acquired from the administrators of Jamie’s Italian, KPMG.

The Irwin Mitchell team was led by Leeds joint head of Real Estate partner James Knowles, supported by solicitor Vicki Rounding.

Expert Opinion
“Whilst the casual dining market is obviously struggling in many areas of the country and Leeds has not been immune, it is great to see new doors open as others close. We are delighted that we have helped advise on such a positive story. 35 Park Row is a beautiful building steeped in history, which will help create the ambiance for the new El Gato Negro. I am sure the new restaurant will have every success.”
James Knowles, Partner

El Gato Negro has a growing reputation and has previously received recognition from Hardens, Michelin, The Times and The Good Food Guide. This year it was awarded a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand for the third year running.

Following the opening in Leeds, there are also plans to open a fourth El Gato Negro restaurant in Liverpool in August 2019.

Agents on the deal were Fox Lloyd Jones, acting on behalf of Mills Hill Developments Ltd and Pudney Shuttleworth acting on behalf of administrators KPMG.

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