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First property moves of new year

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Latest property moves: an unnamed venue in Leeds (bottom left), a former Thai restaurant in Edinburgh (right) and new owners at the Moorings in County Durham (top left)
Latest property moves: an unnamed venue in Leeds (bottom left), a former Thai restaurant in Edinburgh (right) and new owners at the Moorings in County Durham (top left)

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The creators of celebrity hangout Dollhouse announce new venue in Leeds, Trust Inns takes on the Moorings and the former Krua Khun Mae Thai restaurant site is up for grabs.

Dollhouse creators to open new site in Leeds

The creators of Leeds celebrity haunt Dollhouse are to launch an as-yet unnamed dining, drinking and dancing concept in the city.

Located in the Electric Press, just off Millennium Square, the new venue, which has seen a £300,000 investment, is backed by musician and TV star Tom Zanetti and his business partner Kane Towning.

The owners said the restaurant will serve “a selection of globally inspired small plates” with DJs and performers providing evening entertainment.  

Zanetti, pictured below right, said: “We were ahead of the game with Dollhouse and spotted a gap in the market for that VIP vibe that no other venue offered – a glamorous, VIP-style club for the city’s elite.

“Leeds has one of the best nightlife scenes in the country, however, it is crying out for that cool, late-night dining concept that people currently have to travel to London, Manchester and overseas for. It’s time to level Leeds up again and hold our own against the other major cities.” 

The venue will be split across two levels: the ground floor has a lounge with VIP tables on offer, as well as a heated indoor courtyard and outside terrace in Millennium Square while the first floor hosts the restaurant with bookable luxury booths. The restaurant also has a private dining area for up to 30 people and there is also a stage for live performers.

Towning, pictured below left, added: “This is like nothing the city has ever seen. The interior design and layout is completely unique and fresh. The sound, lighting and entertainment are all a first for Leeds and I’m excited to see how people react when they experience it.”

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New owners for the Moorings 

Expanding north-west pub company Trust Inns has added to its estate of more than 340 pubs with the purchase of the Moorings hotel in County Durham.

The sale of the site in Hett Hills, near Chester-le-Street, was arranged through the leisure property specialist Fleurets and was sold off a freehold asking price of £695,000.

It has been sold by father and son owners, Craig and Stuart Archer, after a tenure of more than 20 years. They extended the premises in 2007 with the addition of nine en-suite letting bedrooms.

Craig Archer said: “We are pleased to hand over the ownership of the Moorings to Trust Inns who, together with their tenants, are planning investment, which will see it go further from strength to strength.”

Andrew Husband and his business partner Sam Harman of the Red Lion at Plawsworth are the new tenants of the Moorings Hotel.

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New lease available at former Thai restaurant site in Scotland

A new lease for the site of former restaurant Krua Khun Mae Thai in Edinburgh is available with a guide price of offers over £25,000. 

The site is situated on the ground floor of a four-storey property on Cockburn Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, which is said to be extremely popular with tourists and visitors to the capital visiting The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and other attractions.

According to estate agent Christie & Co, which is in charge of the lease sale, the restaurant premises benefits from a bar and restaurant area that can accommodate 70 covers, along with a fully fitted kitchen and storage room.

Christie & Co senior business agent Tony Spence said: “This is a great opportunity for an owner operator or chef to lease a property located in a prime location within the heart of Edinburgh. The restaurant premises has been leased out for the past eight years, however, this has now come to an end and presents a fantastic opportunity.”

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