Gino D’Acampo, the UK’s favourite Italian chef, has announced he will open the doors to his new restaurant, My Restaurant, The Springs, Leeds Thorpe Park, on the 26th October 2018.
The 150-seater restaurant, Gino’s fourth in Yorkshire and third in partnership with Next, will bring a further slice of Italy to the region serving the very best real Italian food, complemented by an extensive bar and a new coffee and deli bar for those pushed for time. It joins his restaurants in Harrogate, Hull and Leeds city centre.
Designed on a grand scale, with floor to ceiling glass windows looking out on to the leisure and retail park, My Restaurant will feature Gino’s trade-mark washed woods, Carrara marble and striking green leather, inspiration for which is taken from his favourite Italian yacht builder, Riva.
Central to the restaurant will be an open kitchen providing diners with the opportunity to watch Gino’s hand-picked team at work, a Prosecco bar and games area featuring table tennis, pool and foosball.
A summer terrace, complete with retractable awning and heaters, will provide customers with the opportunity to enjoy dining alfresco. A Grocery Store will be on site, offering some of Gino’s favourite products and ingredients, alongside a library selling his popular cook books.
Catering for neighbouring business people, residents and those with little time to spare, the addition of a coffee and deli bar will provide a casual and convenient, fast-Italian dining offer, serving real Neapolitan coffee and Italian food, available to eat in or takeaway.
Complimentary workstations and super-fast free WiFi are all part of Gino’s vision of providing visitors with a dining and lifestyle experience.
Born and raised in Napoli in the south of Italy, the birthplace of pizza, Gino is determined to bring real Italian food to The Springs, Leeds Thorpe Park. The menu will feature a selection of his all-time favourite dishes, using only the finest, seasonal ingredients, a number of which will be from his many books and TV shows.
Featuring a ‘build your own sundae’ bar, the dessert menu is set to be a big hit with families, also offering a selection of ice creams and cakes, made in-house in Gino’s very own bakery.
The Prosecco bar features over 30 Prosecco, Franciacorta, sparkling wines and wines, all available by the glass. Gino’s exclusive partnerships with producers in Italy offer a wide selection not available anywhere else in the UK and at great prices.
The menu is complemented by iconic Italian cocktails, artisan bottled beers and last but certainly not least, real Neapolitan coffee.
Commenting on his newest restaurant, Gino says… “I’m super excited to be opening My Restaurant, The Springs, Leeds Thorpe Park. Yorkshire is a place very close to my heart, to be opening a fourth restaurant here is just amazing. The development is extremely impressive and I’m looking forward to the leisure and hospitality offerings coming together.”
A spokesperson from Next added: “Gino D’Acampo, My Restaurant not only serves great Italian food, his price points are accessible to all, which is a great fit for Next.”
Gino first made his move into restaurants when he teamed up with friend and business partner Steven Walker, founder of Manchester based restaurant group Individual Restaurants, the company behind favourites including Piccolino and The Restaurant Bar & Grill.
Despite the current issues facing the sector Gino plans to open further restaurants in 2018 and has a strong pipeline in place for 2019.