Jamie’s Italian may get session in Parliament

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HE’S famous for declaring war on turkey twizzlers as part of a campaign to encourage pupils to adopt a healthier diet.

Soon, Harrogate residents may be able to dine at a Jamie Oliver restaurant on their doorstep.

A planning application has been submitted by Harrogate-based Lateral Property Group to develop a Jamie’s Italian restaurant, in what is currently the Multiyork retail unit on Parliament Street.

Lateral has signed an agreement to lease with Jamie Oliver, in order to develop a two-storey restaurant.

According to a spokesman, the restaurant will create between 50 and 60 jobs for local people.

The first Jamie’s Italian opened in 2008 in Oxford.

There are now 30 Jamie’s Italian’s in the UK as well as restaurants in Dubai, Sydney and Dublin. Further restaurants will open soon in Aberdeen, Perth in Australia and St Petersburg.

Lateral recently developed Jamie’s restaurant at Lendal Cellars in York which opened in July 2012.

The spokesman added: “Lateral and Jamie’s completed a complicated restoration project (in York) creating a striking interior backdrop for diners. They share a vision to do the same in Harrogate.”

Subject to gaining planning permission, Lateral plans to start construction work in May 2013 with an opening planned for Easter 2014.

Lateral’s managing director Philip Lunn said “Jamie’s is a real coup for Harrogate.

“We have worked for a number of years on initiatives to strengthen Parliament Street and this letting is an endorsement of its position as one of the town’s prime retail, leisure and restaurant destinations.

“Located between Betty’s and the Royal Baths, Jamie’s is great news for our local economy and will provide a welcome addition to the town’s retail and leisure tourism offer.”