The Ivy unveils plans for new restaurant in Exeter city centre

High-end restaurant chain The Ivy has announced fresh plans to open in Exeter – with proposals to convert the shut Jack Wills store. 

The exclusive eatery has asked city council chiefs for permission to transform the High Street premises with indoor and outdoor seating, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark.

It had previously set it sights on the Waterstones book shop and secured planning permission, but subsequently pulled out of the venture.

The proposed new restaurant would have space for 137 covers indoors and a further 52 in an outside area which would look out onto the Cathedral Green.

Around 100 jobs would be created with the plans saying the scheme will boost the ‘vitality and viability’ of the city centre.

The application from Troia (UK) Restaurants Ltd adds: “The Ivy Collection have been looking to open a restaurant within Exeter over a number of years.

“Unfortunately, due to commercial reasons and alternative sites found to be not wholly appropriate, The Ivy have been unable to commit to a premises.

“However, this site, 65-67 High Street, has been identified as an appropriate location to open their new restaurant in Exeter.

“The proposed restaurant use will be split across both the basement and ground floor.

“The basement level will mainly be used for the kitchen and back-of-house area, including staff changing rooms and break room, while the ground floor will provide the main restaurant space with a private dining room.

“The proposed restaurant will have a maximum internal capacity of 137 covers which is split between dining tables, bar seating and a private dining room.

“It is important to note the bar seating is affixed to the ground in order to prevent ‘vertical drinking’.

“An external seating area is proposed immediately to the front of the restaurant onto Cathedral Yard and along the side passage and this will comprise 52 covers.

“All external furniture will be removable and stored inside the restaurant outside of opening hours.”

The new restaurant will operate from offer breakfast through to dinner, say the plans.

They add: “The Ivy is a well-established reputable restaurant operator with a number of restaurants operating around the country.

“The reputation of The Ivy, the operating hours, and the ‘greeters’ located at the entrances and exits of the site will ensure that the use will not increase the potential for public disorder or crime within the centre.

“The proposal will provide a complementary use and act as a destination restaurant within Exeter city centre, thereby enhancing the vitality and viability of the centre as a whole and will result in significant investment into the listed building.”

Exeter City Council will decide on the application.

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