Plans are in to bring a new pizza restaurant to York city centre.
The ground floor of a former shop at 5 High Ousegate could be converted into the restaurant with a rear dining courtyard.
Previously the home of Shoe Zone, the premises has been empty since it closed at the end of 2018.
The new planning application is by Mission Mars, a hospitality company with several different brands, including Rudy’s Pizza.
It has branches in London, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield among other cities.
Rudy’s specialises in “authentic Neapolitan pizza”, saying on its website: “Just like in Naples, our dough is made on site every day, takes 24 hours to double ferment and just 60 seconds to cook.
“It is soft, light and floppy… so fold for strength or tuck in with a knife and fork.”
A courtyard area would be created at the back of the High Ousegate building and sliding doors added to the side, according to plans now in with the council.
The building is Grade II listed and dates back to 1743.
“The proposals maintain a design of high quality which is in keeping with the area, and will have no real impact to the elevations facing High Ousegate,” documents state.
“The proposals will deliver public benefits by contributing to the aims and aspirations of the York City Centre Neighbourhood business plan, by helping to increase the footfall within the Ousegate area.”
You can read and comment on the plans here.