A restaurant in one of York’s landmark buildings has shut suddenly.
Vitoria, on Coppergate, is closed and some of its interior fixtures and fittings have been stripped out.
It’s website has been taken down and its Facebook page has gone.
Vitoria, owned by Newcastle-based restaurant company Prima Nova Ltd, moved into what was the Russells Carvery building in November 2021 after it was refurbished.
It was a large Italian restaurant and was popular with residents and visitors, gaining a four out of five rating on TripAdvisor.
Its last review on that website was one week ago, at about the same time as its last post on Instagram.
We have messaged the restaurant to ask them whether it has closed permanently, or if it has plans to reopen at this location or elsewhere. We haven’t yet heard back.
The Vitoria hit the headlines in January 2022 after the pizza oven caught fire, leading the street to be cordoned off until firefighters had been to the scene.
That same month it scored a 0 out of five food hygiene rating. At the time the owners said they had addressed the ‘structural failures’, had corrected all the problems and were waiting for a re-inspection.
It’s current food hygiene rating is 1 out of 5, following an inspection on 23 March this year.
This April it was shut temporarily due to a “unforeseen equipment problems“.
Parts of Vitoria’s home at number 26 Coppergate date back to the late 1400s and the building is Grade II* listed.
The full property, 24-26 Coppergate, is owned by City of York Council. After Russells moved out, it was put on the market at a rent of £85,000 per year, with a £5,200 service charge, and business rates of £77,000.
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