Retro Fondue opens in Goodramgate

York Press: Rosa Hadjiska at Retro Fondue in Goodramgate Rosa Hadjiska at Retro Fondue in Goodramgate

IT’S a popular feature in the ski resorts in the Alps and was a must-have at parties in the 70s – now fondue has been brought to the streets of York.

Retro Fondue is the latest venture of Mark Myers, who has opened what is believed to be York’s first fondue café in Goodramgate.

Offering both cheese and chocolate dips, the cafe employs three full-time staff, and already has franchise plans in the pipeline.

Mr Myers, who set up the business having returned to the UK from Australia, said: “Most of the ideas that have gone into the business have come from places we have been to around the world.

“We knew we wanted to do something different. There are hundreds of cafés all around York, and we wanted to set ourselves apart from that.

“This café space, which was formerly the National Trust Café, became available and we thought it was the ideal place at the ideal time.

“Eventually we are looking to franchise the business, and have built a franchise model that is ready to go.

“We just have to build and grow what we have created here first and spread the word.”

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11:00am Wed 15 Jan 14

goatman says...

Hope they can sell me a bottle of Blue Nun or Mateus Rose to wash it down!!!
Hope they can sell me a bottle of Blue Nun or Mateus Rose to wash it down!!! goatman

3:42pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mjgyork says...

I suspect that it will go the same way as the 'Crepe' cafe in Market street. Why could they not sell French pancakes? Because they are crepe. The old ones are always the best!
I suspect that it will go the same way as the 'Crepe' cafe in Market street. Why could they not sell French pancakes? Because they are crepe. The old ones are always the best! mjgyork

6:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ouseswimmer says...

I'm not fond you know.
I'm not fond you know. ouseswimmer

10:23am Fri 17 Jan 14

ChilliPepper87 says...

Good luck,

and please make sure you have enough sales so that cheap cupcake place crumbs goes away.

stale cupcakes & no cappuccino!
Good luck, and please make sure you have enough sales so that cheap cupcake place crumbs goes away. stale cupcakes & no cappuccino! ChilliPepper87

11:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Samthecurator says...

I was surprised to find that for a lovely little shop that it was so badly run. The food on order wasn't fresh as I'd hoped and the fondue left me lighter pocketed and a gastly taste that the horribly sour hot chocolate could not wash down.

My husband observed how the manager busted the gents toilets whilst neglecting to wash his hands after, as my husband described as decoration the urinal floor. This was then followed by him serving food to a table of students.

After this was pointed out we abruptly left.

Disgusted!!
I was surprised to find that for a lovely little shop that it was so badly run. The food on order wasn't fresh as I'd hoped and the fondue left me lighter pocketed and a gastly taste that the horribly sour hot chocolate could not wash down. My husband observed how the manager busted the gents toilets whilst neglecting to wash his hands after, as my husband described as decoration the urinal floor. This was then followed by him serving food to a table of students. After this was pointed out we abruptly left. Disgusted!! Samthecurator

11:34pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Ash1989 says...

After a nice day out shopping I decided to pop in to the cafe and now I wish I'd have just not bothered, slow staff and very ignorant, just made the whole experience unpleasant, never will I be going in again and nor will I recommend it to people. 0/10 from me!
After a nice day out shopping I decided to pop in to the cafe and now I wish I'd have just not bothered, slow staff and very ignorant, just made the whole experience unpleasant, never will I be going in again and nor will I recommend it to people. 0/10 from me! Ash1989

11:41pm Mon 3 Feb 14

truthisoutthere says...

I have never in my life felt like s**t on someone's shoe like I did when at this place, the staff were rude, and ignorant. The food might as well have been made in the toilet., probably would have given it taste. I give this place a rating of 0.
I have never in my life felt like s**t on someone's shoe like I did when at this place, the staff were rude, and ignorant. The food might as well have been made in the toilet., probably would have given it taste. I give this place a rating of 0. truthisoutthere

11:47pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Collin Pears says...

Not somewhere I would go again after yesterday's events on the 02/01/14
Firstly after arriving the female staff sniggered and pointed at my disabled daughter. I chose to ignore it and keep calm for my daughters sake.

The manager who was only sat on the next table flirting with his guests commented on how he disliked that his establishments only guests was sling students that dressed like street urchin's.

I thought that the shop couldn't get worse but I was proven wrong. The girl serving behind the till was picking her nostrils happy as the day be whilst handling food.

I've been to better establishments in a worn torn country.

I can gladly say I will not be taking my dear daughter there again.
Not somewhere I would go again after yesterday's events on the 02/01/14 Firstly after arriving the female staff sniggered and pointed at my disabled daughter. I chose to ignore it and keep calm for my daughters sake. The manager who was only sat on the next table flirting with his guests commented on how he disliked that his establishments only guests was sling students that dressed like street urchin's. I thought that the shop couldn't get worse but I was proven wrong. The girl serving behind the till was picking her nostrils happy as the day be whilst handling food. I've been to better establishments in a worn torn country. I can gladly say I will not be taking my dear daughter there again. Collin Pears

12:12am Tue 4 Feb 14

lovelyaspieme says...

I have never been so appalled in my life. This establishment is run with no hygeine efforts what so ever!! Over priced food for what we recieved, disgusting attitude from the staff and the worst part was its infested. And they had the cheek to look at me like i had the cheek when we upped and left without eating what was thrown at us!!!
That is the last time i give first impressions the benefit of the doubt. A score of zero would be giving them more than what they deserve.
I have never been so appalled in my life. This establishment is run with no hygeine efforts what so ever!! Over priced food for what we recieved, disgusting attitude from the staff and the worst part was its infested. And they had the cheek to look at me like i had the cheek when we upped and left without eating what was thrown at us!!! That is the last time i give first impressions the benefit of the doubt. A score of zero would be giving them more than what they deserve. lovelyaspieme

12:49am Tue 4 Feb 14

vernonsgirls says...

After a less than satisfactory service from Retro Fondue I decided to come back to this page to report my experience. I expected to find that my poor experience was the result of a bad day or just a one off. However to see so many others echoing my disdain is appalling... Staff were condescending toward my elderly friends and I. Their demeanour was that of an air of nonchalance and slight annoyance that we had caused them to do some work. One event in particular worth note occurred once I had disturbed one of the servitors from playing with their phone. I actually had to wait for a moment until they were finished. It is worth pointing out I should think that the image on the screen of the device was not fit for a family environment.

Very disappointed and shall not return. I would suggest you don't waste your time.
After a less than satisfactory service from Retro Fondue I decided to come back to this page to report my experience. I expected to find that my poor experience was the result of a bad day or just a one off. However to see so many others echoing my disdain is appalling... Staff were condescending toward my elderly friends and I. Their demeanour was that of an air of nonchalance and slight annoyance that we had caused them to do some work. One event in particular worth note occurred once I had disturbed one of the servitors from playing with their phone. I actually had to wait for a moment until they were finished. It is worth pointing out I should think that the image on the screen of the device was not fit for a family environment. Very disappointed and shall not return. I would suggest you don't waste your time. vernonsgirls

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