Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain will open its doors in Harrogate one week after the world’s biggest cycle event races past the new building.
The TV chef appears to have missed the memo about Yorkshire’s Grand Départ and the glass fronted building is expected to sit empty when the eyes of the world’s media focus on Harrogate.
A spokesperson for Jamie’s Italian confirmed that the large restaurant will open on Sunday, July 13.
The restaurant will be set over two floors in the new Lateral Property development, Harrogate House on Parliament Street, just metres from the finish line on West Park.
Developers Lateral property had insisted that the Parliament Street buildings would be completed ahead of the Tour de France, with the Royal Baths car park open on the busy weekend.
The hoardings outside the building have now been removed.
A spokesman for Lateral declined to comment on any future tenants for the remaining restaurants but said they would not be occupied before the Tour de France weekend of July 5 and 6.
Marcus Briggs, Lateral Property’s retail development director, said: “Like the rest of the town, we are very excited about the arrival of the Tour de France.
“The transformation of Harrogate House, including the upgrade of the Royal Baths shoppers’ car park to the rear of the building, will be completed before the cyclists hit Parliament Street.”
Planning permission for the Parliament Street redevelopment was granted in 2012 and Leeds-based Arc inspirations are opening The Pit bar in the basement.
A spokesman for Jamie’s Italian added: “Jamie’s Italian will offer a relaxed atmosphere, warm neighbourhood feel and accessible, casual-dining with an antipasti bar, an open kitchen and a menu focused on sharing dishes bringing the Italian approach to food to life.”
The restaurant will also have an outdoor seating area with a 1950s style ice-cream cart and a bar area serving pizzas and cocktails.
Jamie’s is opening in Harrogate just a few months after Carluccio’s opened on Station Square.
Jamie Oliver’s first job was pastry chef at Antonio Carluccio’s restaurant, where he met his mentor Gennaro Contaldo who starred alongside Antonio in the BBC’s Two Greedy Italians series.
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