The Ivy nets permission to open new restaurant in Exeter city centre

High-end restaurant chain The Ivy has been given the go-ahead to turn the shut Jack Wills store in Exeter into a new eatery.

Proposals for the High Street premises include space for 137 covers indoors and a further 52 in an outside area looking out onto Cathedral Green.

Around 100 jobs will be created, with the scheme vowing to boost the ‘vitality and viability’ of the city centre.

Troia (UK) Restaurants Ltd, which submitted its proposals in July, has been granted planning permission by Exeter City Council planning officers under delegated powers.

The new restaurant will be split across both the basement and ground-floor.

A kitchen and back-of-house area including staff changing rooms and a break room will be housed in the basement.

The ground-floor house the main restaurant space with a private dining room.

The application said: “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.”

A separate premises licence for the 65-67 High Street site has also been granted.

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