Issho, Leeds: Japanese restaurant at Victoria Gate featured in the Michelin Guide closes permanently

A high-end Japanese restaurant in Leeds has announced that it will not re-open after the Christmas period.

Issho opened in the Victoria Gate development in 2017, and was one of the shopping centre's flagship sites, with a rooftop terrace. It earned a mention in the Michelin Guide soon after its arrival in the city.

A brief statement on the booking section of Issho’s website confirms that the sushi restaurant has now closed permanently.

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Its owners, D&D London, also run the Angelica and Crafthouse bars at Trinity Leeds. Issho was their first foray into Japanese cuisine.

Issho opened in 2017Issho opened in 2017
Issho opened in 2017

The news comes almost exactly a year after D&D’s fourth Leeds brand, New York-themed bar and grill East 59th, closed, having opened in the penthouse unit at Victoria Gate soon after Issho.

In a statement released in January 2023, the owners blamed ‘economic challenges’ including spiralling costs and an unstable labour market for the closure.