York should prepare to get all-fired-up by Caribbean flavours that are soon to grace the city.

Caribbean restaurant and bar brand, Turtle Bay, is investing £800,000 in the creation of their first restaurant in York, bringing 60 jobs to the city in the process.

Refurbishment is already underway at the 130-cover restaurant, which will see the site undergo significant fit-out works, turning the retail unit into a state of the art kitchen, dining facility and a six sided central cocktail bar, which will feature over 40 different rums.

The 3,740 sq ft former Laura Ashley site on Little Stonegate is due to open in late August.

This is Turtle Bay’s first venture into Yorkshire, with further openings planned for Leeds and Harrogate later in the year.

It follows from the success of 17 other sites including Manchester, Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Bristol.

Ajith Jayawickrema, Turtle Bay Founder is excited to be bringing a taste of the Caribbean and the brands warm, laid-back welcome to York. He said: “I am delighted to be opening our York restaurant and am confident that our concept and offering will fit in well with the local student population, tourists and residents of York and its surrounding areas.

“I’m looking to bring something new to the city’s already vibrant food scene. Turtle Bay is about great food and good times, it’s as simple as that and I think we will offer something new and exciting that will appeal to everyone.”

carribeanThe menu will feature classics such as jerk chicken, Caribbean fish curry and goat burgers, along with more than 50 other traditional Caribbean delicacies. The restaurant will use traditional West Indian cooking techniques such as flame grill BBQ to give that truly authentic Caribbean taste.

Next month, the restaurant will hold an open job interview afternoon where people will be given the chance to show off their limbo skills in a bid to see how they will fit into the restaurant’s party atmosphere.

Further information can be found at www.turtlebay.co.uk.

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