'World food' chain COSMO to open restaurant in York

York Press: : Branding on a hoarding at the premises which is to open as a COSMO restaurant in Bridge Street, York : Branding on a hoarding at the premises which is to open as a COSMO restaurant in Bridge Street, York

FIFTY new jobs are being created as "world food" chain COSMO invests £1 million in opening a new restaurant in York.

The buffet restaurant, which will seat 220 diners, is opening next month on the site of the former Argos store in Bridge Street.

It will be COSMO's 16th UK restaurant, with the chain also operating as far afield as Aberdeen, Swansea and Belfast, as well as Leeds, Doncaster and Sheffield.

The York restaurant will feature eight live cooking stations, serving food inspired by cuisine from India, China, Japan, Vietnam, Brazil, Italy and Thailand.

James Brion, creative director at COSMO, praised regeneration schemes in York, which he say attracted the brand to the city.

COSMO follows in the footsteps of Star Inn the City, Byron and Banyan which have all opened in the city centre recently, and Carluccio's which is due to open in Fenwick next month.

Mr Brion said: “We cannot wait to open our restaurant in York.

"We are very excited by our prominent location overlooking the river and promise that our restaurant, with the vast choice of dishes from so many countries at one time, will be like nowhere else in the city.

“York is world renowned as a tourism destination, but schemes such as Reinvigorate York and other planned redevelopment projects show us that it is a city whose economy is very much on the up, so we are moving here at just the right time.

“This is our fourth outlet in Yorkshire and, with a second COSMO restaurant due to open in Leeds later this year, it feels like the county is becoming our second home.

"We are very much looking forward to welcoming residents and tourists alike into our restaurant and introducing them to the very best that COSMO has to offer.”

City of York Council granted permission for the empty Bridge Street building to change from retail use to restaurant use, in October last year.

The application was submitted by Individual Restaurants, which owns the neighbouring Piccolino eatery, and also sought to split the premises into two separate restaurants.

The restaurant group, which also owns the Bank, Zinc and The Restaurant Bar & Grill chains, has not revealed plans for the other restaurant space.

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10:57am Thu 29 May 14

notmyrealname says...

sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!
And come on .. how many jobs will this "create"
How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>
sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!! And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>> notmyrealname
  • Score: -20

11:40am Thu 29 May 14

Pinza-C55 says...

notmyrealname wrote:
sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!
And come on .. how many jobs will this "create"
How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>
"sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!"
It says the application was submitted by the restaurant next door?
"And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" "
50.
"How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>"
I'm not an economist but Cosmo aren't a registered charity so they must have worked out how long it will take to get their investment back?

The only concern I have is that they will presumably be serving alcohol and they directly overhang the river and well.....you can guess what's coming next.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!! And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>[/p][/quote]"sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!" It says the application was submitted by the restaurant next door? "And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" " 50. "How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>" I'm not an economist but Cosmo aren't a registered charity so they must have worked out how long it will take to get their investment back? The only concern I have is that they will presumably be serving alcohol and they directly overhang the river and well.....you can guess what's coming next. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 9

1:34pm Thu 29 May 14

marvell says...

This place will make a serious dent in other restaurants bookings. I've been to the Edinburgh COSMO and it was heaving midweek & according to some people in the queue (there is always a queue) it is busy at any time of the day & any day of the week.

The main selling point is value for money - £8 during the day or £15 in the evening & at weekend's. For that you can eat as much as you can muster and the reason it is so popular is the 6 different world foods on offer which will satisfy the needs of all in a group - you don't have to make a decision on a specific restaurant that serves a cuisine that not all in the group may like.

The other plus is that because they are so extraordinarily busy the food doesn't sit around for long so it's always fresh. Just don't expect it to be special - it's good but far from outstanding.
This place will make a serious dent in other restaurants bookings. I've been to the Edinburgh COSMO and it was heaving midweek & according to some people in the queue (there is always a queue) it is busy at any time of the day & any day of the week. The main selling point is value for money - £8 during the day or £15 in the evening & at weekend's. For that you can eat as much as you can muster and the reason it is so popular is the 6 different world foods on offer which will satisfy the needs of all in a group - you don't have to make a decision on a specific restaurant that serves a cuisine that not all in the group may like. The other plus is that because they are so extraordinarily busy the food doesn't sit around for long so it's always fresh. Just don't expect it to be special - it's good but far from outstanding. marvell
  • Score: 14

1:54pm Thu 29 May 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

What about Bill's?
What about Bill's? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -8

2:33pm Thu 29 May 14

Fat Harry says...

Sounds good to me.

I prefer Indian food, but Fat Harriet cant stand it and usually goes for Chinese.

Harmony at Fat Towers for fifteen quid apiece.
Sounds good to me. I prefer Indian food, but Fat Harriet cant stand it and usually goes for Chinese. Harmony at Fat Towers for fifteen quid apiece. Fat Harry
  • Score: 11

2:52pm Thu 29 May 14

shartin says...

Good news for York.We are truly a City of Diversity,
Good news for York.We are truly a City of Diversity, shartin
  • Score: 16

3:30pm Thu 29 May 14

anti-rant says...

notmyrealname wrote:
sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!
And come on .. how many jobs will this "create"
How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>
Money: Restaurants and bars can generate instant cash on a moderate investment, and if they find a winning formula, investors will flock to them. Returns are around 5 - 10 percent - and where can you find those returns these days - so it is not about getting your money back, it is about getting a good ROI.

Density: Restaurants tend to do better in areas with with a higher density because it becomes dining destination areas offering many options. As long as there is a winning formula (and good food) - be it fish and chips or sushi, they should do well.
[quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!! And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>[/p][/quote]Money: Restaurants and bars can generate instant cash on a moderate investment, and if they find a winning formula, investors will flock to them. Returns are around 5 - 10 percent - and where can you find those returns these days - so it is not about getting your money back, it is about getting a good ROI. Density: Restaurants tend to do better in areas with with a higher density because it becomes dining destination areas offering many options. As long as there is a winning formula (and good food) - be it fish and chips or sushi, they should do well. anti-rant
  • Score: 14

4:20pm Thu 29 May 14

MrChuckles says...

The foods good, not special, but for the money I have found it decent enough. Will probably pop in for a bite when it opens, but wont be rushing.
The foods good, not special, but for the money I have found it decent enough. Will probably pop in for a bite when it opens, but wont be rushing. MrChuckles
  • Score: 16

12:57am Fri 30 May 14

Lord Muck says...

Cosmic....
Cosmic.... Lord Muck
  • Score: -2

9:07am Fri 30 May 14

YorkPatrol says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
notmyrealname wrote: sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!! And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>
"sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!" It says the application was submitted by the restaurant next door? "And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" " 50. "How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>" I'm not an economist but Cosmo aren't a registered charity so they must have worked out how long it will take to get their investment back? The only concern I have is that they will presumably be serving alcohol and they directly overhang the river and well.....you can guess what's coming next.
go on, do tell, what?
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notmyrealname[/bold] wrote: sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!! And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>[/p][/quote]"sure all the other restaurants in the Ouse Bridge area will be delighted with this news.!!" It says the application was submitted by the restaurant next door? "And come on .. how many jobs will this "create" " 50. "How many years trading does it take to get back that Million Pounds ? Economists answer please >>>" I'm not an economist but Cosmo aren't a registered charity so they must have worked out how long it will take to get their investment back? The only concern I have is that they will presumably be serving alcohol and they directly overhang the river and well.....you can guess what's coming next.[/p][/quote]go on, do tell, what? YorkPatrol
  • Score: -8

10:08am Fri 30 May 14

marvell says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
What about Bill's?
Yes - Bills is coming Coney St...
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: What about Bill's?[/p][/quote]Yes - Bills is coming Coney St... marvell
  • Score: -5

10:11am Sat 31 May 14

Boyer for England says...

marvell wrote:
This place will make a serious dent in other restaurants bookings. I've been to the Edinburgh COSMO and it was heaving midweek & according to some people in the queue (there is always a queue) it is busy at any time of the day & any day of the week.

The main selling point is value for money - £8 during the day or £15 in the evening & at weekend's. For that you can eat as much as you can muster and the reason it is so popular is the 6 different world foods on offer which will satisfy the needs of all in a group - you don't have to make a decision on a specific restaurant that serves a cuisine that not all in the group may like.

The other plus is that because they are so extraordinarily busy the food doesn't sit around for long so it's always fresh. Just don't expect it to be special - it's good but far from outstanding.
Yes this is like Tesco opening near small shops. And others will follow. Eating out on an industrial scale is the future.
[quote][p][bold]marvell[/bold] wrote: This place will make a serious dent in other restaurants bookings. I've been to the Edinburgh COSMO and it was heaving midweek & according to some people in the queue (there is always a queue) it is busy at any time of the day & any day of the week. The main selling point is value for money - £8 during the day or £15 in the evening & at weekend's. For that you can eat as much as you can muster and the reason it is so popular is the 6 different world foods on offer which will satisfy the needs of all in a group - you don't have to make a decision on a specific restaurant that serves a cuisine that not all in the group may like. The other plus is that because they are so extraordinarily busy the food doesn't sit around for long so it's always fresh. Just don't expect it to be special - it's good but far from outstanding.[/p][/quote]Yes this is like Tesco opening near small shops. And others will follow. Eating out on an industrial scale is the future. Boyer for England
  • Score: -2

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