York looks set to see a spate of kitchen fit-outs after it emerged that at least five new restaurants are planned for the city centre.
The North Yorkshire city has seen restaurant openings shoot up in recent times and the boom looks set to continue with more launches in the pipeline.
Italian chain Bella Italia and a South Indian restaurant called Viva Goa have both decided on locations in York, while the city council is understood to have received planning applications for other key sites, including one that is currently occupied by a Budgens supermarket.
Walker Nicholas Architects told York paper The Press that there was “considerable interest” from restaurant chains, and the location and size could draw a major operator to the city.
The company said that up to now many household names present within Meadowhall’s food court had not been able to identify units of sufficient size in York.
“Many of these operators have an all-day trading format, creating a significant employment opportunity for the city,” they said in a statement issued to the paper. “The size and current rent will ensure the property will form the magnet the city needs to bring some of the unsatisfied restaurant requirements to its streets. This is not an opportunity for a new-start business.”
Budgens have not yet confirmed that they are moving from the site, but if a restaurant tenant does eventually move into the building it will need to obtain permission to change the use of the site.