Established in 1999 by Martin Wolstencroft and Chris Ure, Arc Inspirations opened its first bar, The Arc in Headingley, Leeds in 2000. Within four years, The Box and Trio Bar & Grill both in Headingley were launched along with Zed (now Kith & Kin) and the Hub in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. 2006 saw the launch of the first bar outside Leeds, Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Harrogate.
In October 2007, Napa Bar & Kitchen was launched in Roundhay, Leeds. May 2008 saw the opening of Kobe in Horsforth, Leeds, the company's eighth venture.
In July 2013, a second Banyan Bar & Kitchen opened in York and then a month later The Pit opened on Merrion Street in Leeds city centre. In November 2013, following the massive success of The Pit in Leeds City Centre, the Hub was rebranded as the second Pit.
2014 saw a third Pit open in Harrogate, then the basement of Trio in Headingley was rebranded as the fourth Pit. In November 2014 Manahatta on Merrion Street in Leeds was opened, a stylish New York style bar. In October 2015 Banyan arrived at the Corn Exchange in Manchester followed by Banyan Leeds in April 2016 in the old Post Office Building in City Square. A second Manahatta on Greek Street was then born in March 2017, taking the tally to 15 bars.
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