If you like your food a little bit messy — you’re going to want to make this place your next stop.
Sloppy’s Bar and Kitchen has opened in Acomb Wood Shopping Centre in York. It had a soft launch last week, and is gearing up for its official launch this Friday (18 November).
The bar and restaurant will specialise in burgers, small plates, loaded fries, craft beer, cocktails — and more tasty treats.
This weekend (Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November), the restaurant will have special offers on for its official launch including any two burgers for £15, any two cocktails for £12, plus 10% off the total bill.
Co-founded by partners Molly McGrath and Leon Sledmore, Sloppy’s first started as a kiosk in York city centre in 2018 as ‘Sloppy’s Burgers’ and ‘Nine Bar’.
From there, the burgers grew in popularity and Sloppy’s moved into pub kitchens such as Inn on the Green in Acomb and The Lighthorseman on Fulford Road.
During the pandemic, they operated on a largely takeaway basis like so many food establishments and have continued with takeaway service since restrictions eased.
But it was always their dream to bring the burgers and bar together in a permanent location. Now, with a process that started in January 2021, that dream is coming alive.
“We stumbled across this place,” said co-owner Molly McGrath. “It was a bit of a gamble.
“We went for a meal next door at Buongiorno — and it was incredible. We decided to just bring it to wherever we can and try and make it work, because we believe in our products.
“We always said that it would be our dream to open something together.”
Inside the bar and restaurant is cosy and vibrant, with striking murals on the wall created by York artist Patrick Dalton. Art of Protest Gallery in York will also be adding graffiti-style street art to the interior.
Menu highlights include The Trufflepuff (beef burger with truffle mayo and smoked bacon, £9.95), The Original Nutter (beef burger with peanut butter and sweet chilli, £9.95), fried king prawns (£6.50), sliced sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce (£10.95), and cheese and BBQ loaded fries (£5.95).
The bar has a wide selection of craft beer on offer, and Sloppy’s aim to support local independent breweries such as Turning Point, Brass Castle and Brew York.
Cocktails will also be available, including seasonal options like a Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini (£8) and takes on the classics such as the Long Porn Star and Tennessee Mule (£8).
Sloppy’s Bar and Kitchen has big plans in the works for the near future for brunch offerings and film nights.
“We decided to go for a film licence to do cosy film evenings — especially around Christmas time,” said Molly.
“We’ll have deals where you buy a ticket and then you get a free drink on arrival.”
For summer, they’ve extended their outdoor seating area. “It’s doubled in size.”
The reception so far has been “very positive.”
“A lot of people from the area have come in to wish us well,” said Molly. “Everyone seems really excited and really happy that we’re here and they think it’s a good addition to the area.”
The restaurant has created four jobs, with three current vacancies and the aim to expand further in the future.
Sloppy’s Bar and Kitchen is open from 4:30pm to 10:30pm. It is currently closed on Wednesdays. It hopes to change to 12pm-11pm opening hours once the license has been extended.