A casino complex in Leeds which contains two major restaurants has suddenly closed with up to 99 jobs lost as a result.
Alea, at Clarence Dock, announced its immediate closure this week with the restaurants the Leeds Kitchen, run by James Martin, and The Bird, rub by Chef Cineet Bhatia, closing with it.
The Alea is run by London Clubs International (LCI), and they also announced that it was withdrawing from bidding to open a large casino in Leeds.
Leeds was picked, along with seven other cities, by the Government as potential venues for a major casino five years ago; however, Leeds Council has not yet finalised plans.
Roy Ramm, spokesman for LCI,said that the company made “a significant investment into Alea when it opened in 2008 … but current trading conditions in the Clarence Dock development have made this outcome inevitable”. The majority of retail outlets at Clarence Dock are currently empty.
According to LCI the Government’s lack of support for casinos and the belief that Leeds Council was seeking a fresh site for a new casino rather than the Alea’s current site led to LCI’s withdrawal.
LCI has said it will attempt to relocate staff to its nine other UK casinos.