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New head of operations for Leeds hotel’s live music gin bar

Jon Hobson has been appointed as the new head of operations at Leeds’ Salon Privé, overseeing all aspects of the all-new live music gin bar.

Jon, 36, brings with him over 20 years of experience in the industry, having worked at many respected restaurants and bars across Leeds and Manchester.

At Salon Privé, Jon will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the new venue, ensuring that both behind the scenes and front of house runs smoothly, whilst maintaining a motivated team as well as happy guests.

With a new food and drink menu, coupled with live music sets that change weekly, Jon aspires to create the best live music venue in Leeds. Salon Privé is home to Greek Street’s only elevated outdoor terrace, as well as one of the largest gin collections in the city with over 200 varieties.

Andrew Creese, general manager at Dakota Leeds, said: “We are delighted to welcome Jon to the team. After Jon’s previous successes, we knew we wanted him to take our bar to new heights and I am sure he will maintain and enhance the reputation of Salon Privé, delivering first-class service and an atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.”

Jon Hobson said: “I am truly excited to be working at Salon Privé. Following the venue’s launch, I have been able to spend time coaching and getting to know the team to ensure they provide a seamless service every weekend.

“Salon Privé is a stunning destination bar with unique views over Greek Street and I can’t wait to begin executing more long-term plans, creating an enjoyable and theatrical experience for our guests.”

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