TRINITY LEEDS OPENS INNOVATIVE NEW FOOD DESTINATION

Brand new eating out concept set to change the face of food retailing in the UK

 

Trinity Leeds – the only major shopping, dining and leisure destination to open in the UK this year – today unveiled a pioneering new take on food retailing with the launch of Trinity Kitchen.

 

Trinity Kitchen is a brand new eating out concept, combining a diverse mix of emerging high street restaurants, cafes and bars with the UK’s best street food vendors, in a 20,000 square foot indoor food hall.

 

A first for the UK, Trinity Kitchen forms part of Land Securities’ response to the evolution of the retail market, which has seen food and beverage facilities at Trinity Leeds increase from 13% to 24% in response to demand from consumers.

 

With the help of food journalist and curator of the British Street Food Awards, Richard Johnson, Trinity Kitchen selects five new street food vendors from across the UK to join the line-up every month. The chosen vendors are lifted from the street by hydraulic lift up and into an opening in the wall of the first floor of Trinity Kitchen on a monthly basis, offering consumers the chance to try something new each time they visit and making authentic street food available all year round, whatever the weather.

 

Designed by interior experts Fusion, Trinity Kitchen is a combination of warehouse and street alley styling, featuring vibrant, individual zones inspired by urban environments. Intended to be a social eating space, Trinity Kitchen has the flexibility to provide intimate seating areas alongside spaces for regular live entertainment and events.

 

Raising the bar again for digital within a shopping centre, customers can interact with a large format Touchscreen within the Trinity Kitchen space, on which they can play food related games designed for multi-touch. Visitors can also share their images on the live Instagram wall by tagging pictures with #TrinityKitchen. A live feed of the music ‘now playing’ is also available via screens and the digital experience also extends to a free iPad service for visitors.

 

The team behind Trinity Kitchen have sought seven permanent restaurants, cafes and bars to join the line-up, all of which are new to Leeds. For the majority of the new additions, it is also the first time they have operated outside of London.

 

Opening today is Pho Cafe, bringing an authentic taste of Vietnamese food to the city including a variety of different types of pho – the country’s national dish, Chicago Rib Shack, serving up an American Diner menu, including its secret BBQ recipe and renowned ribs and PizzaLuxe, providing unique thin-base artisan pizzas, made with deluxe ingredients.

 

They open up today alongside: boutique bar offering, 360 Champagne & Cocktails; speciality coffee, food and wine company Notes Cafe (who are also bringing live music and jazz performances to Trinity Kitchen); fresh California-Mexican taco and burrito vendor, Tortilla, and Chip + Fish, serving a unique and varied take on traditional fish and chips.

 

The first five street food vendors to trade within Trinity Kitchen include local Leeds based company The Marvellous Tea Dance, London’s most renowned hot dog trader, Big Apple Hotdogs, traditional Italian three-wheel Piaggio van, Gurmetti, award-winning Indian snack stall Manjit’s Kitchen and the winners of this year’s British Street Food Awards, Katie & Kim’s Kitchen, whose prize included their free, month long pitch at Trinity Kitchen.

 

Richard Johnson comments: “The street food revolution is on the rise in the UK, and we’re bringing the very best of it to Leeds with the opening of Trinity Kitchen. For the first time, shoppers will be able to experience different foods from around the world, delivered in an indoor street food market every single day, seven days a week. It’s incredibly exciting for the British Street Food movement and the vendors involved to be able to serve up their food to a whole new audience – we can’t wait to introduce the people of Leeds to the absolute best that British Street Food has to offer.”

 

The addition of Trinity Kitchen to Trinity Leeds’ varied range of restaurants and bars, including D&D London, The Botanist and Cielo Blanco, offers the city a unique food and beverage offering unlike anything currently in the UK.

Andrew Turf, Leasing Manager for Trinity Kitchen, says, “Seven months since opening our doors to the public, we’re delighted to be launching the very latest food retailing concept, at a destination which is setting the benchmark for today’s shopping centres. We are always striving to provide our visitors with new and innovative experiences and with a diverse mix of food, drink and entertainment on offer, Trinity Kitchen is no exception.”

 

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