Filmore & Union invests £100,000 in York restaurant makeover to introduce new ‘health-inspired neighbourhood dining’ concept

September 30, 2017 10:37 am

‘Feel good’ food & drink chain Filmore & Union is undertaking a £100,000 makeover of its York restaurant, which closes for refurbishment on 1 October 2017. The Petergate restaurant, which opened in 2012 as the first Filmore & Union store of the now 14-strong chain, will re-launch in November with a new ‘health-inspired neighbourhood dining’ concept which will be more focused on being an evening destination. 

This follows the announcement in September that Filmore & Union had secured £3.5 million from Business Growth Fund (BGF); one of the UK’s biggest investors in small and mid-sized businesses, to aid its expansion plans across the North of England and nationwide. It also follows the opening of the Filmore & Union concession within John Lewis York in June 2017, which marked the start of a long term partnership with the premium department store. 

Filmore & Union is known for experimenting with health-inspired, natural ingredients to create dishes that are both delicious and wholesome, as well as offering a wide variety of exciting options for those with special dietary requirements such as vegan and gluten free (they are Coeliac UK-approved). When the York restaurant re-opens, the eclectic new evening menu will incorporate ingredients like activated charcoal, spirulina, and salsify, into dishes which are light but filling, full of flavour, and taste and look amazing, served up in a relaxed, cosy, suburban setting. There will also be a bar serving a selection of high quality wines, beers, spirits, and cocktails, which will also draw on exciting new flavour combinations. 

Founder Adele Ashley says: York Petergate was our first restaurant and we are very proud of its place in the city. We always aim to surprise our customers and bring them something that they can’t find elsewhere so now feels like the right time to give the restaurant a makeover and add something extra special to the offer, especially as an evening destination. The interior will evolve our signature Filmore & Union Scandi style, making it an even more inviting setting, and the new menu will see our chefs and nutritionists experimenting with new flavours and ingredients that can’t be found elsewhere in the city. We’re keen to attract new customers into the restaurant, especially men, who may have previously thought of us as day time health food café. 

During the closure for refurbishment, customers are being urged to visit the John Lewis York restaurant or the take-out at York Station to get their Filmore & Union fix! Other stores include Harrogate, Wetherby, Ilkley, Skipton, Beverley, Moortown, Redrick Mill in Batley, and Newcastle train station, with more coming soon!