Carluccio’s open date announced

Date:8th May 2013.'For Oliver.....Carluccio's restaurant, Trinity Leeds.
Date:8th May 2013.'For Oliver.....Carluccio's restaurant, Trinity Leeds.

Italian restaurant chain, Carluccio’s is set to open it’s doors in Harrogate almost one year after it first applied for planning permission.

Carluccio’s will open the doors to it’s newest restaurant on Friday March 28 in the former Optical Express building on Station Square following a planning wrangle with Harrogate Borough Council.

Chief executive of Carluccio's, Simon Kossoff.

Chief executive of Carluccio's, Simon Kossoff.

The council refused two of the Italian restaurant’s change of use applications but Carluccio’s won an appeal after a government inspector ruled the development would improve the vitality and viability of the immediate surrounding area and benefit local businesses with increased footfall numbers.

A huge public outcry followed Harrogate Borough Council’s planning refusal with nearby shops and disgruntled residents voicing their concerns.

After winning permission at appeal chief executive Simon Kossoff told the Advertiser he was “absolutely delighted” with the decision.

He said: “We have had lots of support from when we first started with our public consultation, and through letters to ourselves and to the Advertiser.

“Such fantastic support encouraged us to push on and we are delighted that we got there in the end.”

More than 35 jobs will be created at the restaurant which will be open all day and includes a food shop and deli.

Mr Kossoff said: “Harrogate is a beautiful town with a wonderful selection of great, traditional retailers and plenty of restaurants of all types to choose from. Carluccio’s brings something to both the food retail scene in Harrogate and the casual restaurant experience, and we know the people of Harrogate are looking forward to our arrival.”

Meanwhile rumours that fellow celebrity chef fronted Italian restaurant chain, Jamie’s has pulled out of it’s proposed Parliament Street site have been quashed by developers Lateral property group.

Lateral Property’s retail development director Marcus Briggs said; “We are pleased to confirm our contractor, is on course to complete the works on Harrogate House before Easter, which will enable Jamie’s Italian to start its fit out.

“We look forward to announcing, in the near future, additional brands to sit alongside Jamie’s Italian.”

Leeds based bar group Arc Inspirations have announced they will be opening The Pit bar in the basement of Jamie’s on Parliament Street following the success of The Pit bars in Chapel Allerton and on Merrion Street, Leeds.