Announcing Sarto - Chapter 81
September 4, 2019

Announcing Sarto

Bringing homemade pasta to Munro House on Quarry Hill

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Words by: Phoebe Ryan

SARTO is poised to fill the empty unit which was Munro House’s Ipsum Vinoteca, on the edge of Quarry Hill.

This indie restaurant project from two Leeds food legends – the men behind Laynes espresso and The Brunswick – is due to open this Autumn. They have just launched a Kickstarter (and held an exclusive Pop-Up too) to secure that final funding to get them over the line.

So-called because of the building’s history in clothmaking (used by Coss & Morris manufacturers, Hirst & Thackray raincoat makers and Frazer Brothers clothing through the first part of the 20th century), ‘sarto’ is the Italian for ‘tailor’.

The unique concept that the brains behind Brunswick and Laynes are planning for this lovely little corner of Leeds is a simple one – beautiful homemade pasta.

With these two success stories at the helm of this now-vacant unit, the Quarry Hill area will see another welcome addition to the indie food and dining scene, alongside Munro House’s Cafe 164 and Colours May Vary, as it faces a £300 million redevelopment.

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The word ‘sarto’ is Italian for tailor, as mentioned above, and it looks like the pair have tailored this new indie restaurant offering perfectly to the needs of Leeds (especially with the cold now drawing in – what could be more perfect than a warming plate of fresh pasta?!)

Work is very much underway on the unit, but it will be a few weeks before Sarto comes to fruition. Exclusive preview nights at Laynes were held last week (but there are two more weekends left! So book your tickets below!), and they also launched a Kickstarter project to bring in some much-needed funding to provide the final touches SARTO needs.

They need £15,000 to get SARTO over the finish line. SARTO’s Kickstarter page can be accessed here:

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That’s why the SARTO team have this week announced their crowdfunding efforts, in tandem with an exclusive pop-up of SARTO due to take place in Laynes Espresso.

SARTO exclusive Pop-Up

SARTO will be showcasing a taste of their new venture at Laynes Espresso, with two more weekends left – on 6th & 7th September and 13th & 14th September. 

Alongside starters like truffle arancini and desserts like the classic Italian Tiramisu, the team will be serving up amazing pasta mains such as tagliatelle with lamb shoulder ragu, ricotta & mint, and Pici with pangrattato, summer squash purée & sage. 

With sittings at 7pm and 8pm (but only 15 tickets available for each), demand is set to outstrip availability. Tickets are available here –

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Kickstarter Campaign

In return for a Kickstarter donation, SARTO are offering up a range of exclusive merch and experiences to their donors- from an exclusive tshirt to a pasta making course with the Head Chef, and even an all expenses paid trip to Rome with the team for the biggest donations!

To see the range of exclusive experiences and merch, and to donate to get SARTO over the finish line, please visit

Keep an eye on @sartopasta for developments as they happen.

Announcing Sarto Nick Porter
“The idea for SARTO grew out of a conversation we had, where we realised we were thinking the same thing as The Brunswick guys. So we decided to join forces to help create the best thing we could! We were under no illusions that a new venture would be pricey, but this joint project needs your investment - to take the finish up a level, and make sure SARTO ends up being not just good but great.”
SARTO Owner & Co-Founder, and Laynes owner Dave Olejnik

Laynes Espresso’s SARTO Pop-Up deets: 

£20pp, includes all food, drinks available for purchase on the night. Attendees pick a starter, main and dessert (meat, veggie or vegan).

7pm & 8pm, Fri & Sat 6th & 7th September

7pm & 8pm, Fri & Sat 13th & 14th September

“It's been over 4 years since we started development on The Brunswick, so working with Laynes’ Dave Olejnik on this new challenge has been so rewarding. It's great to see how we as a team have evolved since then, and since the start of this new project. More information to come in the following weeks!”
SARTO Owner & Co-Founder, and Brunswick owner, Matty Wall

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