Another York shop looks set to be converted into a restaurant – serving food, drink and picnic baskets.

Plans are in to turn Joy on High Ousegate into a “casual-dining experience”.

The York branch of the British fashion and lifestyle brand has been trading on the street since November 2014.

But Kayas York Ltd – which also operates the Ate O’Clock restaurant next door to Joy – has submitted a planning application to City of York Council to turn the shop into another restaurant opening between 8am and 1am daily.

They say the plan would give the Grade II listed building an “economically viable use, and allow the building to remain occupied in the decreasing commercial high street”.

Year-round hampers

Joy on High Ousegate, with Ate O’Clock next door
The new venture would include a retailing area at the front of the ground floor.

According to planning documents, this would sell “year-round seasonal hampers containing locally sourced food and beverages”. And

  • Throughout summer, customers will have the opportunity to purchase picnic baskets, which contains a blanket and a map of nearby picnic hotspots, as well as being able to purchase a variety of Yorkshire-based food and beverage products to fill it with, including meats, cheeses and wines.

Under the plans, behind the retail area on the ground floor would be a pizza oven, a counter servery, and a number of tables and chairs.

The first floor would have more restaurant covers, and the second floor would be a staff area.

What about the food and drink? Documents say:

  • This new restaurant proposes to be for those wanting a quick but delicious take-out or casual-dining experience.

    Whether customers are professional individuals looking for coffee or lunch on-the-go, or are a family wanting a quick refreshment and a bite to eat, the restaurant will cater to all demographics by offering a variety of locally-sourced products, ranging from baguettes, pizza, sandwiches and salads for both adults and children.

    Customers choosing to eat later in the evening can enjoy an American/ltalian-style pizza or an individual American-style pizza slice on either the ground or first floor dining area.

The building dates from the early 1700s although the shop front is a 20th century modernisation.