Byron Hamburgers looking to open upmarket burger bar in High Ousegate

York Press: Decision due on upmarket burger bar Decision due on upmarket burger bar

AN UPMARKET burger chain which counts George Osborne among its fans will find out this week whether it can move into the centre of York.

Byron Hamburgers Limited is looking to open a burger bar in the High Ousegate building currently occupied by the Danish Kitchen, which is planning to sell its lease with the loss of 17 jobs and bring an end to its 35-year stay in the city.

A City of York Council hearing will tomorrow decide whether to grant Byron a licence to operate from 11am to 1.30am between Monday and Saturday, and from 11am to 11pm on Sundays.

The licence would include alcohol sales and music. North Yorkshire Police have agreed to the licence as long as certain conditions are attached, with one objection being raised.

Byron found itself in the headlines this summer when the Chancellor of the Exchequer tweeted a picture of himself working at his desk while eating one of the brand’s burgers.

Its gourmet reputation led to claims he was “out of touch”, although Mr Osborne said he chose the chain – which has 34 sites, all but five in London – because they delivered to his office.

The Danish Kitchen originally opened in 1977 in High Ousegate, with its first premises now occupied by Nandos.

It moved to its current site in 1991, but owner Anthony Gibbons – whose parents Colin and Audrey had opened the café – said competition from high-street coffee shops had forced it to close, possibly by January.

The objection lodged by a resident of nearby Kings Staith said the opening hours Byron were looking for would “encourage revellers to remain in our area rather than dispersing elsewhere” and allowing alcohol to be sold did not tie in with the burger restaurant being “family-oriented”.

However, York Police licensing officer PC Mick Wilkinson said he was satisfied with the licence being granted if 18 conditions, including CCTV coverage, were met. Byron has already secured planning permission for some internal changes to the building, which is listed.

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9:10am Mon 9 Dec 13

sheps lad says...

Upmarket? = expensive! Burger is still junk food however they try to dress it up.
Upmarket? = expensive! Burger is still junk food however they try to dress it up. sheps lad

9:10am Mon 9 Dec 13

smudge2 says...

More junk food outlets to add the the ever increasing waistline population of our city..
More junk food outlets to add the the ever increasing waistline population of our city.. smudge2

9:44am Mon 9 Dec 13

powerwatt says...

smudge2 wrote:
More junk food outlets to add the the ever increasing waistline population of our city..
You do realise a burger can be healthy?
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: More junk food outlets to add the the ever increasing waistline population of our city..[/p][/quote]You do realise a burger can be healthy? powerwatt

10:14am Mon 9 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Yes, an upmarket burger bar would be totally out of place. Let's have another down-market one.
Yes, an upmarket burger bar would be totally out of place. Let's have another down-market one. Ignatius Lumpopo

11:14am Mon 9 Dec 13

Blythespirit says...

Knowing George Osborne is a fan puts me off from the start... apart from the rest, he's not known for his svelte healthy figure is he?
Knowing George Osborne is a fan puts me off from the start... apart from the rest, he's not known for his svelte healthy figure is he? Blythespirit

11:21am Mon 9 Dec 13

Guthred says...

Served with chips, soft drink, and toped with cheese, bacon and various dressings? Oh yes! Lets just face it, this type of cuisine aint never gonna be healthy. The fast food outlets know it, which is why they are so keen to get the lucrative night time licensing. Much easier to tempt people to this food when they are drunk and / or more after hours booze for sale.
Served with chips, soft drink, and toped with cheese, bacon and various dressings? Oh yes! Lets just face it, this type of cuisine aint never gonna be healthy. The fast food outlets know it, which is why they are so keen to get the lucrative night time licensing. Much easier to tempt people to this food when they are drunk and / or more after hours booze for sale. Guthred

11:49am Mon 9 Dec 13

magicadey says...

i'll stick to GBK
i'll stick to GBK magicadey

12:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

TCJYork says...

Clone town.
Clone town. TCJYork

1:44pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dave Ruddock says...

How the hell did a burger or any hot food fiind it way the the Chancellors office and still warm enough to eat. anyway, with burger/food vans all round the area and now another with drink indused people (high class or not) and I bet No "well known people" will be visiting this outlet....
How the hell did a burger or any hot food fiind it way the the Chancellors office and still warm enough to eat. anyway, with burger/food vans all round the area and now another with drink indused people (high class or not) and I bet No "well known people" will be visiting this outlet.... Dave Ruddock

9:36pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Omega Point says...

Guthred wrote:
Served with chips, soft drink, and toped with cheese, bacon and various dressings? Oh yes! Lets just face it, this type of cuisine aint never gonna be healthy. The fast food outlets know it, which is why they are so keen to get the lucrative night time licensing. Much easier to tempt people to this food when they are drunk and / or more after hours booze for sale.
What about the shred of lettuce and one slice of tomato? Nought point one of your five a day !
[quote][p][bold]Guthred[/bold] wrote: Served with chips, soft drink, and toped with cheese, bacon and various dressings? Oh yes! Lets just face it, this type of cuisine aint never gonna be healthy. The fast food outlets know it, which is why they are so keen to get the lucrative night time licensing. Much easier to tempt people to this food when they are drunk and / or more after hours booze for sale.[/p][/quote]What about the shred of lettuce and one slice of tomato? Nought point one of your five a day ! Omega Point

4:20am Tue 10 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

I'm guessing even though it's "upmarket", the employees are still only paid minimum wage and/or are on zero-hours contracts.

Plus, would anybody with self respect go to the same place that the spineless rich-ar$e-kisser Osbourne gets his food from?? And on that subject, that's probably the only place he can go to for food, if he goes anywhere else he'd probably meet people he's indirectly made work there, and so end up with a spitburger.
I'm guessing even though it's "upmarket", the employees are still only paid minimum wage and/or are on zero-hours contracts. Plus, would anybody with self respect go to the same place that the spineless rich-ar$e-kisser Osbourne gets his food from?? And on that subject, that's probably the only place he can go to for food, if he goes anywhere else he'd probably meet people he's indirectly made work there, and so end up with a spitburger. Magicman!

8:57pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Pinza-C55 says...

I've no problem with it in principle as , if the Danish Kitchen can't make a go of it, the shop has to be occupied by somebody - didn't it used to be Burger King - but as for the "family oriented" give me a break!
The new pub ""The Duke Of York" was claimed to be a "family oriented" pub before it opened but I visited it a couple of weeks ago and its a fairly decent, very busy, bar with bland Wetherspoons type décor but in no way shape or form is it designed to cater to families. Its a boozer pure and simple.
I've no problem with it in principle as , if the Danish Kitchen can't make a go of it, the shop has to be occupied by somebody - didn't it used to be Burger King - but as for the "family oriented" give me a break! The new pub ""The Duke Of York" was claimed to be a "family oriented" pub before it opened but I visited it a couple of weeks ago and its a fairly decent, very busy, bar with bland Wetherspoons type décor but in no way shape or form is it designed to cater to families. Its a boozer pure and simple. Pinza-C55

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