Hunter House, in central York, will become home to an innovative new concept in food and entertainment following a deal between property developer S Harrison and entrepreneurs Alex Cronin and Josh Goodwin.
Alex and Josh have signed a 10-year lease on the recently renovated 3,600sq.ft open plan ground floor space within the attractive 18th Century building on Goodramgate. The restaurant will create up to 20 new jobs and seat 60 diners, who will also be able to try their hand at axe-throwing.
Alex and Josh, will open the doors to The Hilt, which will sell American food with a Nordic twist next month. There will be six axe-throwing bays at the rear of the restaurant. Alex said: “Axe throwing is hugely popular in America and Canada and it’s now growing in the UK, with venues in Leeds and Manchester. We wanted to create something unique in York and my successful background running and managing bars and restaurants in the city, meant that we were able to attract investment.”
Alex, who is from Virginia, US came to England when he was 18 and Josh, who is originally from York lived in the US for 5 years. Alex, 29, has worked in hospitality in York for more than 10 years running Speakeasy Libations, Cut & Chase, Bobo Lobos and 4Swings - a tiny cocktail bar in Spark York.
The Nordic-American themed restaurant will be designed to resemble a modern day Viking hall and Alex and Josh hope to tap into the city’s Viking history to create an inviting and fun destination for people living in York, and the thousands that visit it daily.
Josh added: “We won’t have an alcohol licence, people will come here to eat and throw axes. It’s a great alternative to the plethora of bars in the city and anyone aged 13 and over can come and hone their Viking inspired axe throwing skills with us. We have already had a lot of interest from schools, colleges and other youth organisations.”
S Harrison completed a major refurbishment programme within the character-filled building last year, which now offers 14 apartments on the upper floors, and two ground floor commercial units – one of which is occupied by the popular high-street health, home and beauty retailer, Savers.
Open from 10am to 10pm daily, the accessible street food menu will include gourmet meat balls and Kroppkaka Swedish potato dumplings with a choice of sauces. There will also be a range of fresh, healthy and vegan options.
David Clancy from S Harrison, said: “The Hilt is an exciting new development in the ongoing transformation of Hunter House. With such high levels of passing footfall it’s the ideal place for The Hilt. Just 120 metres from the iconic York Minster, people will no doubt find the concept really appealing, and we wish Alex and Josh all the best with their venture.”
Hunter House was previously home to department store Hunter and Smallpage which was famous for its grand interior.
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