York BID creates shared hospitality space

As part of the city-wide recovery planning group in the wake of lockdown, the York BID worked with groups of businesses to understand their needs, including how to make best use of the available public outdoor space.

College Green was identified as an open space with potential to support the hospitality businesses of Goodramgate, many of which are housed in historic buildings with limited outside space.  The land is owned by York Minster, which was keen to support the BID and explore how the space could be utilised in a more structured way to serve the immediate business community.


Andrew Lowson, Executive Director at the BID explains, “A lot of hospitality businesses have lost capacity due to social distancing guidance.  The College Green Pop-up will enable surrounding businesses to essentially expand their covers, whilst locals and visitors can enjoy food and drink in what is an attractive outside space.  Most importantly, it will allow businesses to generate additional income.”

A tipi-style tent provided by local company PapaKata has been erected on the green, with tables and chairs located both inside and out; regularly sanitised in line with best practice.  The whole space will feel light and airy, making the most of the popular location.  It will be managed at all times, with priority given to those who have purchased food and drink at nearby businesses, so they can get maximum benefit from the pop-up.  

Temporary toilet facilities will be available. Waste management, cleaning, security and staffing will be managed by the BID and PapaKata.

There are many food and drink businesses in the area who will benefit from the College Green Pop-up who do not have the option to use their immediate frontage for seating. Social distancing means that many are not able to operate at their usual capacity, and the initiative has received an overwhelmingly positive response.

Wes Taylor runs Fancy Hanks on Goodramgate and welcomes the move by the BID;

“I think the shared hospitality tent on College Green is an excellent idea. All hospitality businesses are currently running at a lower capacity than usual due to social distancing guidance. It is a great way to give us all a little extra space to make up the loss in business we are currently experiencing. It is also another outdoor space for the people of York and visitors to enjoy themselves in a spacious and safe environment.”

The project is co-funded between the BID and City of York Council.  The College Green Pop-is open from 25th July - 20th September, 11am-9pm.



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