The proposal to transform Stonebow House in York into a dining experience by Market Halls has received approval from City of York Council’s Licensing Committee.
Market Hall in York follows openings in Fulham and Victoria, all of which curate a selection of the best food and drink that the area has to offer. A site is scheduled to open in London’s West End in spring 2019.
Market Halls will go on to review the development schedule and announce its revised timeline for York in due course, which is estimated to create more than 100 new jobs.
“This is great news for York and will breathe new life into this former eyesore,” says David Laycock, regional development for Market Halls. “This will be a new social city hub where both locals and visitors of all ages can eat, meet, experience amazing food and plan their time to get the most out of their visit to the city.
“It is vital that York can respond to the growing demand from visitors and residents alike as it continues to grow as one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, recently named as second in popularity only to London.
“We listened carefully to the understandable concerns of nearby residents who clearly had a very bad experience from previous tenants operating a nightclub with licensing until 4am. We have taken on board their feedback and have a very different style of business. This will be an asset to revitalising this part of York and I believe it will be enjoyed just as much by residents as it will by visitors.”
Market Halls executive director Andrew Lowson adds: “I believe that this high-quality venture will be an experience that will add value to our city centre. I have spoken to professional services in the city who say it will be great place to meet and do business and I also think it will draw in local people due to the choice of food and its unique proposition. The operator’s two current venues are Fulham and Victoria in London, so it is credit to the city that this high-end brand has chosen York.”