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AN OFFSHOOT of the prestigious Ivy restaurant in London could soon open in York.

Troia UK Restaurants has submitted a licence application to City of York Council for 2 St Helen’s Square to open an Ivy Collection brasserie.

The property is currently occupied by outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Blacks.

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The original Ivy restaurant is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It has been a popular haunt for the rich and famous in London’s West Street for decades.

A spokesperson for The Ivy Collection - a group of restaurants, brasseries and cafés, established in London and now growing regionally across the UK - said: “As of April 2017, The Ivy Collection has entered the planning process for a space in 2 St Helen’s Square to open a brasserie in Autumn 2017.

“The restaurant will feature an all-day dining menu.”

According to Troia’s application, it is proposed that the restaurant would open from 8am to half past midnight for seven days a week.

It also wants a licence to serve alcohol between 10am and midnight.

No planning application has yet been submitted to City of York Council.

The licensing application comes just weeks after the opening of Italian restaurant Carluccio’s in St Helen’s Square.

Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio is visiting St Helen’s Square to celebrate the opening of Carluccio’s northern flagship restaurant on Saturday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

He will also be signing copies of his new book, Vegetables.

Earlier this month, The Press reported that there are plans to open an Ivy Collection restaurant in Harrogate.

Troia UK Restaurants and Tullimore Properties has applied for planning permission to convert buildings in Harrogate’s Parliament Street, currently an Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop and the Parliament Street Cafe, into a restaurant with a new terrace built at the back.

Planning documents say The Ivy already has restaurants in Chelsea, Covent Garden, Kensington, Soho, Marlow and Bristol.