Downtown York is in the midst of a restaurant explosion, local business leaders are saying.
And the restaurants “all seem to be centered along the George Street corridor” in the heart of the White Rose City, said a downtown economic official who gave a report Tuesday on York’s new or expanding dining options.
Several restaurants have opened so far in 2016, and 10 others are either opening or expanding in coming months, said Natalie Williams of the city economic-development and improvement organization Downtown Inc.
Upcoming openings include the Iron Horse Restaurant, a bistro featuring an outdoor patio on Continental Square, and a new “sophisticated wine bar” called the Handsome Cab, at 106 N. George St., she said.
Both are set to open this summer, said Williams, who gave an overview on York’s restaurant scene to some 125 people at a Downtown Inc meeting at York’s Capitol Theatre.
“Restaurants are an important component for any urban environment,” she said.
“They are open late, putting people on the streets in the evenings and, clustered together in a walkable environment, they become a destination for everyone from families to millennials.”
Other upcoming new restaurants include the World Grill, at 29 E. King St., featuring Asian barbecue. It is set to open this summer.
While it’s a small restaurant, it’s “filling a vacancy that has been there a while, so we’re very excited about that,” Williams said.
Also set to open soon, perhaps by early summer, is Collusion Tap Works, a brewery/cidery at 105 S. Howard St., in the Bond Building, and a seafood establishment in the former Maewyn’s, 110 N. George St., that could open by early summer, she said.
Tuesday’s nearly hour-long meeting was one of two yearly sessions, held in the spring and fall, that Downtown Inc holds to update the business community and others on downtown York happenings.