Two sisters from Leeds have penned an emotional letter to explain the reasons why they have had to shut their street food stall in the city centre.

Kanassa is run by sisters Anna and Beth Shindler, who initially took the street food stall’s traditional Colombian dishes all over Yorkshire. However, in August 2019 they set up a permanent base in the food hall at Kirkgate Market.

The sisters served up exotic vegetarian food after being inspired by their travels to South America and quickly became a hit with regulars. LeedsLive even rated it five stars in a glowing review shortly after they opened.

Although Anna and Beth say they will “come back with a bang”, the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to close their stall in the historic market.

Anna (left) and Beth (right) brought their street food stall Kanassa to Kirkgate Market in 2019 to give it a permanent home
Anna (left) and Beth (right) brought their street food stall Kanassa to Kirkgate Market in 2019 to give it a permanent home

In a message on Kanassa’s Facebook page, they said: “WE ARE LEAVING!! We are sorry to announce that Saturday 1st August will be our LAST EVER DAY at Kirkgate Market!

“It’s uncertain and difficult times for everyone right now and the impact of the pandemic during our first year in the premises has meant that we are unable to continue. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and of course we are gutted to say goodbye to our home.

“Mainly we will be leaving with our heads held up high, with a bag full of incredible experiences, amazing regulars and new found friends – you have given us SO SO much to be thankful for and you inspire us to keep on moving!

“This isn’t the end of Kanassa, just a little bump in the road, and we’ll do all we can to come back with a bang… for now, we just want to say thank you for being the heart of what we do!

“All our love Beth & Anna.”

Countless other businesses in Leeds city centre have also been forced to close as Covid-19 continues to have a huge impact, despite the gradual relaxation of lockdown rules.

Bad Apples Rock Bar, on Call Lane, was one of the first to announce they were shutting for good, while Trespass is one of a number of big chains to vacate their city centre premises.

Leeds sisters pen emotional letter to announce closure of five-star street food stall

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