I’ll have eccentric with a side of homely please.
One of York’s most iconic buildings will re-open in a new incarnation on Thursday, April 20. That’s when the Cosy Club opens its doors in the former Macdonalds store on Fossgate.
It is a restaurant and bar but not as we know it. Filled with stuffed animals, oil paintings and a mad chandelier at the centre, the venue will be ever so slightly bonkers.
Owners of the Cosy Club chain the Loungers Group has sunk £1 million into turning the huge former furniture store into a day and nightspot.
As home to York’s first purpose-built movie house, the Electric Cinema, the building with its ornate arch opened in 1911.
After years selling tables and chairs with a large cuddly hippo as its mascot, the building will now seat drinkers and diners.
“We’re delighted to be opening Cosy Club on buzzing Fossgate, in the heart of this beautiful city,” said Paul Alexander of Loungers.
So what can we expect?
Our purpose is simple: every customer leaves feeling splendid.
Food, drink and decor
The new venue will offer a variety of food including classic comfort food, a wide-range breakfast menu and a selection of tapas.
Their décor strays from the norm with 1950s artwork, family portraits, flags, banners and even taxidermy all dotted around on flock wallpaper.
The mix-matched furniture includes dining chairs, vintage armchairs and 1930s sofas.
Included on the menu are a choice of sandwiches and paninis such as halloumi, pulled pork and fish finger.
There is also a variety of burgers and main dishes priced from £7.50, from pan-roasted salmon fillet to bangers and mash.
Gluten free and vegan options and kids’ menus are all available.
Drinks range from cocktails (Parma Violet Delight – £6.75), beers, ciders and spirits, as well as tea, coffee and hot chocolate.