The Swine that Dines finds a new sty

Leeds restaurant the Swine that Dines is launching a crowdfunder campaign to raise money for a move into bigger premises in the city centre.

The Swine has developed from its original incarnation as the Greedy Pig Kitchen sandwich bar in Mabgate into a much-loved local restaurant under Jo and Stuart Myers, who win praise in the Harden’s guide for their “great, unconventional cooking“. They aim to raise £25,000 to “turn this empty shell into a beautiful space for The Swine to spread its wings even further”.

They said: “Over the last 12 years we’ve really enjoyed working out of our home on North Street. We’ve grown from a cafe to a restaurant, survived a pandemic, served you meals to enjoy at home, hosted many a delightful pop-up event and thrived in a community that has supported us so well and gone from strength to strength.

But there is still SO MUCH MORE we want to do. And that’s why come autumn we’re hoping to be in a new home not too far away.”

Meanwhile, chef-restaurateur Simon Shaw has announced plans to close his Leeds tapas bar El Gato Negro this month, before reopening the venue under another guise. Manchester-based Simon opened the Leeds offshoot in Park Row five years ago.

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