Popular Leeds Indian restaurant Manjit’s Kitchen to close

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Popular Leeds Indian restaurant Manjit’s Kitchen to close

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Leeds-based Indian restaurant Manjit’s Kitchen has announced it will close next month citing an unsustainable rise in costs as the reason.

The restaurant, which has been operating on Kirkstall Road in the city since 2019, will trade until the end of April despite being ‘busier than ever’.

Writing on social media, owner Manjit Kaur said: “We have made the difficult decision to close our restaurant on Kirkstall Road. I am very sorry to all who this affects.

“The rising costs of everything have caught up with us. Our lease was 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. Twenty per cent VAT alongside our other rising costs makes running a small independent business impossible. We are busier than ever but cannot keep up with the rising costs.”

Kaur started her business delivering vegetarian Punjabi food before opening a stall at Kirkgate Market in 2016. The stall will remain open following the closure of Manjit’s Kitchen.

“We will bow out gracefully,” she added. “Do come and say goodbye. We hope we leave our little corner of Burley better than when we found it.”