Plan to turn York shop into a burger restaurant

Three options from the menu. Photograph: Handmade Burger Co
4 Jun 2017 @ 11.47 am
| Food & drink

A chain of upmarket burger restaurants is planning to convert a York shop into one of its outlets.

The Handmade Burger Co already has branches in Leeds, Hull and Sheffield. Now it wants to bring the concept to York.

It has applied to City of York Council for a licence to serve alcohol at number 8 St Sampson’s Square.

That is the property on the corner of Finkle Street that is now home to outdoor and ski wear store Trespass.

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Number 8 St Sampson’s Square is now home to Trespass. Photograph © Google Street View

The Birmingham-based parent company of the Handmade Burger Co, The Sargeant Partnership Limited, has applied to open the St Sampson’s Square restaurant from 9am to 12.30am daily.

It is also asking for a recorded music licence during those hours, and to serve alcohol from 9am-midnight every day.

Anyone who wishes to comment on the licensing application has until Thursday (June 8).

If Trespass does leave St Sampson’s Square it will be the third outdoor clothing specialist in York to be on the move.

Blacks is leaving St Helen’s Square to make way for the Ivy Restaurant, while Yeomans Outdoor Leisure on Blake Street announced it was closing in March.

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The family-run Handmade Burger Co began in 2006 when, according to its website, Chris Sargeant

decided that he would like to open a burger restaurant with a difference where our chefs make burgers by hand on a daily basis using our 100% prime Scotch beef and then hand press them to ensure you can enjoy the tastiest and freshest burgers around.

It now runs 29 restaurants from Bournemouth in the south to Aberdeen in the north.

Grup up. Photograph: Handmade Burger Co

The menu includes burgers from the Classic (£6.95) to the Peanut Butter & Bacon (£8.95) to the Avocado & Bacon (£9.45).

It also serves “dishes inspired by BBQ Pit recipes from across the USA” such as BBQ Slow n Low Pulled Pork (£9.95). A portion of “fresh cut chips” is £3.25.

Drinks include Peroni beer (£3.95 for 330ml), Livewire American IPA for £4.60, a glass of white wine for £4.25 (175ml) and alcoholic milkshakes from £6.95.