Sheaf Street goes ‘into hibernation’ after roadworks blocks off the bar and event space

“The current model is sadly not sustainable. We are taking this action in order to survive long term.”

Sad news from one of Leeds’ staple event spaces.

Sheaf St has officially announced today that the cafe, bar and event space will be going ‘into hibernation’ after struggling to get customers through the door.

Speaking from the heart, Sheaf St left a lengthy announcement on social media explaining that the Aire Park developments and multitude of additional roadworks have meant that the space has been ‘cut off both physically and visually’.

The space will still be open for ticketed events, the usual Friday Residency and the cafe will run at a reduced service, as well as the workspace, Duke Studios.

The full statement can be found below:


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“Sheaf St Cafe and bar is going into hibernation! 

“When we close for Christmas (end of Fri Dec 23rd) – we will not reopen the cafe for at least 6 months.

“We will continue to be open for ticketed events, and for Friday nights (The Friday Residency) but closed all other daytimes, and weekends.

“The cafe will have a significantly reduced staff and only service our workspace (Duke Studios) and pre-booked meetings and events in our Meeting Rooms and Event Space.

“Why? We have been very adversely affected by local developments (Aire Park) and significant ongoing major roadworks to Crown Point Road both of which have cut us off both physically and visually. Our footfall is through the floor and has been for the majority of 2022. The current model is sadly not sustainable. We are taking this action in order to survive long term.

“We have been through several rounds of reducing staff hours and cutting opening times to try and improve things. We have begged for support from the council and developers but not received any meaningful help and are now left with no other options.

“We are truly sad to lose a good deal of really great staff members, and it’s heart-breaking not to be able to provide the full offering that Sheaf St has done since 2016.

“We will regroup, cross our fingers for things to improve locally and globally, and we will be back.

“In the meantime, please do come see us in these last few days – current opening times are on the website.”

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For more information, you can find Sheaf St on Instagram here.

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