Work to transform part of an historic York building into a restaurant is underway.
Just short of £1 million is being spent to turn rooms at the former Mulberry Hall shop on Little Stonegate into Gusto, the latest Italian chain to move into the city.
Due to open this July, the ‘high-end’ restaurant will create more than 60 jobs.
“We’re so excited to be opening in York and join the area’s thriving food and drink scene,” said Gusto MD Sue Crimes.
“York is a perfect location for our clientele who want delicious food, fantastic drinks and glamorous atmosphere.
“Mulberry Hall is a well-known building in York, so we are going to convert the venue into our brand style, while maintaining and restoring many of the original building features such as the original brick work and beautiful windows and doors.”
Atmospheric and sparkly
The 4,000 square foot venue will seat up to 120 diners and include separate bar and dining areas.
Sue said the decor will follow “Gusto’s signature ‘sparkly’ vibe” and include olive trees and art deco glass screens.
“We’ve really thought about the design of our restaurants to ensure they have the right atmosphere and match the excellent food, drinks and service that we are well-known for,” said Sue.
“Our restaurants in Leeds have proven extremely popular with locals and tourists and we hope for the same success in York.”
Part of the Living Ventures Group, Gusto has 16 successful restaurants across the UK and the new York site is part of the company’s ongoing plans for growth.
Best-selling dishes include spaghetti pesto with green beans, sun-dried tomatoes and rocket leaves and freshly homemade pizzas as well as an extensive drinks list, ‘make your own pizza’ children’s menu and lunch options.