Two new restaurants set to open in York – and they’re very different

Some rare steak, as served up on the Cau Restaurant Facebook page
12 Aug 2016 @ 6.11 pm
| Food & Drink

York’s food and drink revolution continues apace, with two very different restaurants heading our way.

Cau Restaurants are looking to move in to 47 Low Petergate, home most recently to the Christmas Angels shop.

That closed in February, after landlords the Space Property Corporation Ltd of London won planning permission to turn the shop into a restaurant.

Christmas is gone at 47 Low Petergate. Photograph: Emily Dunn
Christmas is gone at 47 Low Petergate. Photograph: Emily Dunn

Cau is pronounced ‘cow’ and stands for Carne Argentina Unica, which gives a lot of clues to its speciality.

The chain was started by the people behind upmarket steak restaurant Gaucho, and the vibe is meant to replicate that found in the foodie district of Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.

Its website says:

Mouthwatering steaks, burgers and steak sandwiches are joined by a tempting selection of more-ish favourites, each with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist.
The interior of the Cau Restaurant in Bath
The interior of the Cau Restaurant in Bath

Cau already has 20 restaurants, the nearest being in Harrogate.

It has applied to City of York Council for a licence to serve alcohol at 47 Low Petergate from 9am to midnight, with the opening hours stated as 7am to midnight.

The premises includes a basement, a ground floor measuring 1,600 sq ft, and three floors above.

Typical prices: rump steak £13.95 (220g) or £15.95 (260g); Buenos Aires burger £14.95 (includes sticky BBQ beef rib meat and onion rings); Cau cornflake ice cream sundae, £5.95.

Sushi soon

Work underway in George Hudson Street. Photograph: Emily Dunn
Work underway in George Hudson Street. Photograph: Emily Dunn

Further west and over the river, an application has been lodged for a new venue called Sushi Waka at 14 George Hudson Street.

This comes from Ruifei Wang, the director of Sushi Sushi York Ltd, a company which is registered in Leeds.

There are few details about the venture yet, other than it plans to open from 11am to midnight every day, and is asking permission to serve alcohol during those hours.

Work is underway on the outside of the building. Permission has already been granted to convert the offices at 2-14 George Hudson Street into student accommodation.