Papa’s is opening a new fish and chip restaurant in the heart of the popular tourist town of Whitby.
The five-storey former NatWest bank, which has been bought for an undisclosed sum, will undergo a £500,000 refurbishment before opening its doors at the end of August to a three-floor restaurant serving 300 customers, plus a takeaway. It is expected to create 50 jobs, rising to 100 in peak season.
Commenting on the new location in Baxtergate, George Papadamou, who owns the Papa’s empire with his dad Sid and brothers Dino and Andrew, comments: “We see Whitby as the captial of fish and chips. It’s got some good fish and chip restaurants, but we are excited to be adding Britain’s best fish and chips to that line-up.
“We’ve been visiting Whitby ever since we were children and have a special connection to the area.
“The building is in a great central location and if we could have picked anywhere, that’s where we would have chosen.”
The menu will be in keeping with Papa’s other sites and will include fresh cod and haddock locally landed as well as locally caught seasonal fish from the day boats in Whitby harbour.
The decor, meanwhile, will make the most of the building’s original features, with George adding: “Banks of that period are renowned for their character and their class. It’s a gorgeous building with an abundance of character. Some of its best features have been locked up from the public for 90 years but now our customers will be able to enjoy the high ceilings and the gorgeous lights and decorations.
“We’re really proud to be making one of Whitby’s most iconic buildings accessible to the whole community and putting the nation’s favourite dish back on people’s radars.”
Despite almost 500 objections to plans to convert the building into another fish and chip shop, Papa’s is adamant it will bring something new to the area. George adds: “While there are 22 fish and chip restaurants already in Whitby, we’ll be bringing our famous Papa’s value, great customer service and award winning fish and chips.
“Whitby has not had the best yet.”
Papa’s, which owns eight sites including the 500-seater restaurant on Cleethorpes Pier, a 380-seater eatery in Willerby, Hull, and the former Harry Ramsden's site in Scarborough, is already eyeing up its next venture due to open later this year in York.