More new restaurants arrive in York

York Press: Antonia Carluccio Antonia Carluccio

YORK’S dining-out scene is growing with the arrival of more restaurants in the city.

Fenwick department store, in the Coppergate Centre, officially opened its Carluccio’s concession yesterday.

The 100-cover restaurant is the first from the Italian chain to open in York, and the fifth Carluccio’s to open within a Fenwick store nationwide.

Following trial runs over the last few days Carluccio’s, run by Antonio Carluccio, will celebrate its opening with a formal launch next week.

The event comes as work gets under way on a new restaurant in Coney Street.

On July 21 Bill’s will be opening in the former Jane Norman shop, creating more than 40 jobs.

The chain has 37 restaurants, the majority of which are in southern sites, with 16 restaurants in London alone.

Bill Collison, founder of Bill’s, which started life as a green grocers business, said: “York is such a beautiful city and we’re all really excited to be opening a restaurant here.

“We’ve got a spot right in the centre of the city and have spent time taking the building back to its natural state. The restaurant is across two levels and, for summer, there are big folding doors that open the restaurant on to the street. We’re all hoping it will be a real hit with the locals.”

Also opening this month in York is world-food restaurant COSMO which has invested £1 million in a new site in Bridge Street, and is creating more than 70 jobs.

To celebrate the opening of the 248-seater restaurant on June 28, COSMO is planning to host its own “world carnival”, with an Indian motor rickshaw driving around the city to drop off, as well as a Japanese geisha girl stilt-walker around York, a Brazilian samba band performing outside its front door and girls dressed in authentic Chinese outfits handing out balloons.

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11:17am Sat 21 Jun 14

marvell says...

Carluccio's is just a run of the mill restaurant chain and certainly doesn't add anything artisan to York dining. I'd be surprised if Antonio even knew where York is, let alone that a restaurant bearing his name was opening here.

Bill's is a step up and is OK, if unoriginal, whereas Cosmo is a bucket shop "fill your boots" buffet chain with the emphasis on quantity with hugely variable quality based on visits to their Leeds and Edinburgh outlets.
Carluccio's is just a run of the mill restaurant chain and certainly doesn't add anything artisan to York dining. I'd be surprised if Antonio even knew where York is, let alone that a restaurant bearing his name was opening here. Bill's is a step up and is OK, if unoriginal, whereas Cosmo is a bucket shop "fill your boots" buffet chain with the emphasis on quantity with hugely variable quality based on visits to their Leeds and Edinburgh outlets. marvell
  • Score: -11

12:55pm Sat 21 Jun 14

bloodaxe says...

Shocking ! Why anyone should wish to invest in a top 100 World City (Lonely Planet) beats me.
Shocking ! Why anyone should wish to invest in a top 100 World City (Lonely Planet) beats me. bloodaxe
  • Score: 6

2:55pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Blythespirit says...

More chains and franchises... eating out has never been so boring!
More chains and franchises... eating out has never been so boring! Blythespirit
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Sat 21 Jun 14

swh1963 says...

Reading the press comments from York's predictably miserable and closed minded inhabitants has 'never been so boring'. Carluccio's is a chain but a good one - what do these people want? And does anyone with any taste care?
Reading the press comments from York's predictably miserable and closed minded inhabitants has 'never been so boring'. Carluccio's is a chain but a good one - what do these people want? And does anyone with any taste care? swh1963
  • Score: 5

11:22am Sun 22 Jun 14

eboricana says...

I am sure ANTONIO not ANTONIA Carluccio is delighted (NOT!) to have HIS gender changed bv amateur journalists! Even worse this one is the Business Editor God help us! O is male in Italian A is female. For goodness sake do you people ever check anything you write? Obviously not!. As for Bills why would anyone who lives in a city where you can get fantastic cooked breakfasts for less than a fiver pay their prices - D'OH!!!
I am sure ANTONIO not ANTONIA Carluccio is delighted (NOT!) to have HIS gender changed bv amateur journalists! Even worse this one is the Business Editor God help us! O is male in Italian A is female. For goodness sake do you people ever check anything you write? Obviously not!. As for Bills why would anyone who lives in a city where you can get fantastic cooked breakfasts for less than a fiver pay their prices - D'OH!!! eboricana
  • Score: 5

8:07pm Sun 22 Jun 14

malonemalone says...

Bills is half decent but why would anyone want to go eat on Coney Street is beyond me.
Bills is half decent but why would anyone want to go eat on Coney Street is beyond me. malonemalone
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Mon 23 Jun 14

york3003 says...

Another corporate venture to add to the Tourist trash of York. Most of the good shops have closed and the high street could well be anywhere in the UK.
Another corporate venture to add to the Tourist trash of York. Most of the good shops have closed and the high street could well be anywhere in the UK. york3003
  • Score: 2

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