From Disused Basement to Michelin Star Restaurant

Absolute transforms disused basement space in Leeds city centre into Michelin Star restaurant in 12 weeks. 

This week we completed a 12 week £1.1m refurbishment of new restaurant space for Michelin-starred 'The Man Behind The Curtain' in Leeds. 

We transformed a disused basement under Flannels in the city centre and turned it into the new destination for the city's most well-regarded restaurant.

Features of the newly kitted out restaurant include a bespoke hand laid Lapacida porcelain tiled floor imported from Italy and Italian book match marble.

It also has a full Charvet bespoke kitchen suite imported from France and intricate Stucco walls.

Our MD, Phil Brown, said: "This is a stunning venue and one we are truly proud to have worked on. It wasn’t without it’s quirks.

"The floor of the basement wasn’t fit for purpose and certainly wouldn’t have held the spec of the professional kitchen that Michael and his team of chefs require.


"The entire unit needed to be stripped out, fully fire boarded, screed to cover the whole floor and then we needed to bring in fresh air, do a full mechanical rework and create ducting throughout to support the kitchen and a new frontage.

"All of this was before we were able to bring Michael’s amazing vision to reality."

He added: "The restaurant needed to be as impressive as Michael and the food he creates and we're confident that we have risen to the challenge and created a real ‘wow’ venue for food lovers to enjoy."

The full project gallery, including before and after imagery, is available on our portfolio.