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Arc Inspirations digs deep in Chapel Allerton

Arc Inspirations bar
The successful bar company Arc Inspirations is digging deep in Chapel Allerton, North Leeds, and transforming one of their bars, the Hub on Stainbeck Lane, into their latest very successful concept ‘The Pit.’ Opening on Friday 29 November, The Pit in Chapel Allerton will be built partly underground, increasing its floor space by two thirds by tunnelling behind the adjoining unit. The Pit looks set to be the number 1 neighbourhood bar in Leeds.

Looking to build on the success of The Pit on Merrion Street in Leeds which opened in August this year, The Pit in Chapel Allerton will benefit from a spend of £450k – this takes Arc Inspirations’ investment on increasing and updating their portfolio of bars to £2.25m in the last 4 months alone. The interior may be state of the art ‘urban’ in style, but the atmosphere will be informal and friendly, and the perfect venue in which sports fans can relax and enjoy the best of sport on 10 new HD plasma screens. The team at Arc Inspirations are also bringing in a French national treasure - a handmade ‘Babyfoot’ table – a customised football table, built lovingly by French craftsmen in Paris so each one is unique.

The Pit’s name has been inspired by two elements: it is about being underground but it’s also thanks to the traditional way of cooking in the USA. John Richold, Arc Inspirations’ legendary executive chef has put together a menu of Pit classics such as steaks, lobster, burgers, ribs and wings that will really benefit from his unique method of cooking. And now, in true Pit tradition, he will roll out his imported Sally, his Oklahoma hand built smoker which is The MAC truck of cooking. She cooks low and slow over his unique blend of imported American hardwoods allowing flavour and textures to evolve, juices to flow and smoky notes to penetrate. And don’t forget Cindy, his wood fired char broiler (Sally’s sister from the same Oklahoma town) which cooks with intense heat to caramelize and sear, ensuring the most succulent and tender of meats.

Declan Mcgurk, Bar Manager of the American Bar at London’s Savoy, formerly Arc Inspirations’ Bar Development Manager, will ensure bar staffs’ skills are paramount so they can produce some of the best and most creative cocktails in the city, plus ensure that the best and the most comprehensive range of beers are on offer. Premium craft beers from around the world will be served, in addition to beers from well known and lesser known breweries. The Pit will also sell its very own beer. Brewed locally, this American-style Pilsner called ‘Pit Canary’ was inspired by the old mining days when a canary was carried into the pit to check it was safe to enter. The canary became the best friend to everyone who entered the pit and an iconic image of life down the pit – now a favourite among customers. The team at The Pit will also increase by 10 so that customers can benefit from Arc Inspirations’ ‘customer obsessed’ ethos which is key throughout the business.

With a vibrant atmosphere enhanced by great music, The Pit doesn’t take itself too seriously and will look after existing Hub customers and welcome new. It’s all about having a great time and the team won’t need to dig too deep to spread the happiness.

Martin Wolstencroft, Managing Director of Arc Inspirations adds: “The Chapel Allerton area is one of our favourite locations outside of the city centre. The Pit on Merrion Street has set the benchmark and what we’ve achieved at this location, we’re confident we can achieve in Chapel Allerton. We want to keep our standards just as high, whether it’s a city centre location or in the suburbs. We want people to feel both at home and inspired by their surroundings – why wouldn’t we want the best in everything? We also know a happy team keep our customers happy, so we’re really looking forward to this fabulous new-look.”

Arc Inspirations LLP recently unveiled their newest location, The Pit at 9 Merrion Street, close to the Leeds Arena at the end of August this year, following a £800k spend to transform this disused building. This followed their £1m investment in York, the Banyan Bar & Kitchen on Little Stonegate, which opened in July.

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