ONE of York's biggest empty shops looks set to be turned into a kebab shop - under plans before the city council.

BrightHouse in Piccadilly is earmarked to become German Doner Kebab - a chain which began in Germany in 1989 but now has 70 branches in the UK.

BrightHouse - next to York's Merchant's Adventurer's Hall - went into administration at the start of the pandemic back in March 2020.

Two planning applications are before the council revealing a new look for the premises as it becomes a kebab house.

York Press: German Doner Kebab is to open a branch in YorkGerman Doner Kebab is to open a branch in York

It's the latest new eating-out venue planned for York. Also in the pipeline are plans to turn former hairdressers Moda in Stonebow into a late-night cafe/restaurant/bar.

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The first (ref: 21/02161/ADV) concerns the new signs for the front of the building, while the second (21/02160/FUL) relates to shopfront changes as well as plans for extraction equipment to cope with the cooking smells.

The Guildhall Planning Panel has already sent in a comment about concerns over the extraction equipment, which reads: "Although not visible, we are concerned that the noise from the extraction equipment may disturb users of the Merchant Adventurers Hall Garden and also local residents."

The arrival of German Doner Kebab in York is part of the company's expansion drive in recent months.

York Press: An artist's impression of the shop front in PiccadillyAn artist's impression of the shop front in Piccadilly

While many restaurants struggled during lockdown, this chain saw sales boom - partly helped by the Government's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which boosted new openings and created hundreds of new jobs.

The company's sales slogan is "Kebabs. Done. Right" which is displayed on the wall in its outlets.

It bills its food as "gourmet" with "premium lean meats", "handmade toasted breads", and "signature secret sauces".

According to its website, meats are imported directly from Germany.

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