OWT announces exciting move from the Corn Exchange in expansion plans

“Bye LS1. Hello LS3!”

The much-loved brunch spot has officially grown out of its Corn Exchange home.

OWT is officially on the move.

Relocating from the city centre into LS3, OWT plans to take over the old Corner Cafe site on Burley Road.

Announcing the news yesterday, OWT said: “Bye LS1, hello LS3! After 5 years spent working hard in Leeds city centre, we are moving into bigger premises. Read all about it here https://owtleeds.com/story We love you, we thank you!”

The last service from the Corn Exchange will be on Sunday 29 October (giving you three more weeks to head over before it’s all change) and the owners hope to reopen in early November, although they’ve added that this will only the case “if we work fast enough and our master plan unfolds smoothly”.

The new venue will hold 60 covers and will be taking over a site with “history in its walls”. The former home of Corner Cafe was lovingly opened in 1976 and continued to serve locals right up until March 2022.

Now, OWT will be giving the premises a new life, and you can bet the menu will be just as exciting as the current ever-changing plates available at the Corn Exchange over the past five years.

Having started off on Fishmongers Row at Kirkgate Market, this is an exciting next step for a much-loved Leeds independent.

hash brown with beans and potatoes on a white plate.
Images: The Hoot Leeeds
pancakes and ice cream held up outside OWT sign.

James and Esther, the duo behind OWT explained that “OWT has had a very slow but steady organic growth and we feel ready, after 5 years of serving you brunch, to show you what we have to offer on a friday and saturday night (yes yes evening service it’s happening!).”

“5 years older and we feel ready. Ready to take on 60 covers, ready to run a big kitchen, ready to do dinner service.

“That’s the thing with OWT. It took us time because we wanted to get it right. We wanted to embrace our definition of hospitality.

“When we came across Corner Cafe and the beautiful souls behind it (hello Kate and Karim!) we knew it was it. A building with history in its walls (we like that at OWT!) and a legacy to pursue. Corner Cafe has been loved for over 30 years in LS3 and we feel honored to have been chosen to carry on the task of being Burley Road’s neighborhood restaurant.

“Finally – thank you to Leeds Corn Exchange for these successful years, thank you to our team for all your hard work, thank you to Kate and Karim for allowing us to step into their shoes.”

egg sandwich in a muffin behind a blue door.
two plates held in each hand. One with pancakes another with beans.

The full address of the new OWT site is 104 Burley Road, LS3 1JP.

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In a world where we feel like we’re writing more closure notices than ever before, it’s really exciting to hear some good news from the indie food scene.

Congratulations OWT, we can’t wait to see you in your new home!

Feature Image – The Hoot Leeds / OWT via Twitter

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