As champions of the local bar and restaurant scene in the city, we’d like to say goodbye and thank
you to a couple of establishments that haven’t survived lockdown. But it isn’t all bad news, and we’ll
celebrate that too…
Coronavirus means the end of Bad Apples Rock Bar
Leeds has a large rock and metal fan base, and they’re bound to be as sad as us to see Bad Apples
Rock Bar on Call Lane go under this summer. We’re sure that the regulars would have been eager to
get out of lockdown and show their support for the well-known and loved owners, but, sadly,
they’ve had to call it quits.
The bar posted a heartfelt goodbye message on their Facebook page:
“After 8 and a bit years we’re sorry to let y’all know that not only will we not be reopening on the 4th,
we won’t be reopening at all.
We’ve had a good run and we’ve had an absolute blast, but the time has come to call it a night for us.
We want to thank sincerely every person who came and partied with us over the years, the bands
that rocked the boneyard, and anyone who didn’t get thrown out.
To all our wonderful staff – too many to list here – I want to thank you for all your hard work and for
the fun we had together”
The team at Trafalgar Street car park are always sad to see an independent business go down, but
we’re warmed by the fighting spirit and positivity in their statement. We wish the owners and staff
all the best as they move forward into new adventures.
Frankie and Benny’s also affected by covid
Another company forced into coronavirus closures in Leeds is restaurant chain Frankie and Benny’s.
They were already planning to trim their chain of restaurants countrywide, but the lockdown has
forced their hand with two closures in Leeds. The branches at Crown Point Shopping Centre and in
The Light have closed their doors for the last time, as the company tries to reduce their massive rent
It’s not all bad news though! As we come out of lockdown, it appears that most of the closures
we’ve seen in the city were planned before the covid crisis, and it looks like the vast majority of
doors are again open for business – albeit with social distancing measures in place.