The great thing about Leeds is that independent businesses are able to hold the same iconic status as the big boys that enjoy the luxury of big investment. This place (our 100th post!) combines two of these independent heavyweights into one brilliant concept.

Sheaf Street Cafeteria is a brand new eaterie and bar on the city’s fast-developing South Bank. Offering delicious casual dishes and coffee through the day, a chilled out bar in the evening and a social space available for hire, it caters for everyone’s tastes and is one of the comfiest spots in Leeds to grab a quick, or long, bite (depending on what takes your fancy!)

We spoke to Dave Olejnik – no stranger to Leeds Love Affair as his first successful venture Laynes Coffee featured on here three years ago – about teamwork with Duke Studios to make the dream work in a new area of town.

Who are you and how did you get here?

We are the combined efforts of the people behind both Laynes Espresso and Duke Studios in order to create a space south of the river that concentrates on quality food and drink for both the night and day. Laynes have used their coffee and food knowledge to create a breakfast and lunch destination while Duke Studios have designed a beautiful space and run a bottle bar in the evening.

Sheaf Street Cafeteria is still in it’s first few months of trading but both Laynes and Duke have been trading since 2011. Being friends and talking about the plans for Duke Studios at its new Sheaf Street location is what brought the two businesses together to create one great destination.

What makes Sheaf Street Cafeteria unique?

There isn’t a space in Leeds that can offer what the Cafeteria and the studios combined does. During the day the coffee and food menu is something without comparison in the city and is based around what Laynes had been trialling at the Belgrave during it’s monthly brunch service for over a year while the working environment of the studios and the attached venue which is available to the public to hire creates an all encompassing social hub.

What can customers expect from Sheaf Street Cafeteria?

People can continue to expect the high level of service and quality of product laid out by Laynes Espresso over the last few years with the added opportunity to socialise into the evening!

What’s your favourite menu item?

Our menu changes every four to five weeks but right now my favourite is the Shakshuka that we do at 7.50. The Fritters are always popular at 7.50 and the Buckwheat Pancakes with Lemon Curd and Blackberry Cascara also at 7.50 are getting people talking.

What’s your most popular item?

The coffee! The most popular dish in the day is always whichever variation we take on The Fritters. Right now it’s Cauliflower and Chickpea. In the evening we have some great beers from breweries like Beavertown and Founders that keep people happy into the night.

What do you think makes Leeds so awesome?

Leeds is growing rapidly and in an exciting direction by way of creative people making their mark on the city landscape.

Where do you like to hang out in Leeds?

Personally, I like to hang out at Noonshine Cafe/Tallboys in Thorntons Arcade, North Bar on North Street and Bundobust on Mill Hill.

Finally, describe Sheaf Street Cafeteria in three words…

Meeting, Eating, Drinking.