“The rising costs of everything has caught up with us”: Manjit’s Kitchen announces closure of Burley restaurant

“We hope we leave our little corner of Burley better than we found it.”

After over a decade of feeding Leeds the very best Indian street food, Manjit’s Kitchen has announced that it is no longer able to sustain the rising costs of ‘everything’ and will be closing its restaurant in Burley.

The restaurant is set to close its doors for the last time in April, and owners Manjit and Michael have noted that there will be some farewell parties and chance for locals to come and grab one last bite before the site closes.

Manjit’s Kitchen has become known across Leeds for its trademark vegetarian food, with crowdpleasers like paneer wraps and Thali bowls, served from the Burley site and also at Leeds Kirkgate Market.

The business has always been a force for good in the local community and Manjit herself was announced as CODE’s 100 Most Influential Women in Hospitality 2022, particularly noting Manjit’s support in her local community and helping to give other women a leg up and into work themselves.

A heartfelt statement announced the news on Instagram yesterday:

“The End of our Kirkstall Road Journey

“We have made the difficult decision to close our restaurant on Kirkstall Road. I am very sorry to all this will affect.

“The rising costs of everything has caught up with us. Our lease is up for renewal and it is time for us to look for a new home and new partnerships.

“We hoped the government had listened to hospitality. 20% VAT alongside all the other rising costs makes running our small independent restaurant impossible. We are busier than ever but we cannot keep up with the rising costs

“We will trade until the end of April, we will bow out gracefully. We will host some farewell parties, we thank everyone who has visited and supported over the years.
Do come and say your goodbyes.

“We hope we leave our little corner of Burley better than we found it.

“Manjit’s Kitchen at Leeds Kirkgate market will remain open as usual.

“Thankyou and Goodbye for now.”

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