York bakery to close – while a new cheese shop gets ready to open

Going soon – but a new café is coming in its place. Photographs: Richard McDougall
28 Aug 2018 @ 7.46 pm
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Here’s the latest news from York’s ever changing high street.

First the goodbye. Olivia’s Artisan Bakery & Café on Goodramgate has announced it is closing. But it will reopen as a cafe with new owners.

A note on the door states:

  • Dear Customers / Friends,

    Olivia’s will be closing on Thursday 23rd August for approximately two weeks.

    My team and I would like to thank you all for your company and custom over the last two and a half years, but I have now decided to hang up my apron and venture on to pastures new.

    The café will be reopening with new owners very soon and you will probably recognise some of the old team!

    Thank you all again, we will miss you!

    Keep supporting your local independents.

    Debbie xxx

Company changes

Some of Olivia’s bread. Photograph: Olivia’s Artisan Bakery And Café
When the café opened in 2015 in the premises previously home to the National Trust café, it was the seventh branch of a parent company based in Darlington.

But that company has been going through changes. The website British Baker reported last year how a group of investors stepped in to buy the assets of Olivia’s and re-employed all staff, creating new business the Great Northern Bakehouse.

The article said: “While Olivia’s had a combination of retail outlets and wholesale bakery, [Great Northern Bakehouse boss] Ian Cross said the new company planned to focus on wholesale”.

Other branches, including ones in Northallerton and Stokesley, have already closed.

Say cheese

Watch this space…
And now onto York’s latest newcomer.

A business on Grape Lane is now being transformed into The Cheese Trader – “purveyor of Great British and Irish cheese”.

It is taking over the premises which used to house the Vertigo Restaurant.

Next door is El Piano – which is also about to make its own transformation. As we reported earlier this summer, the vegan restaurant is to close after 21 years.

It will be replaced by Los Moros – the restaurant run by Tarik Abdeladim, whose street food kiosk with the same name in Shambles Market has been such a hit.