Gusto, the Palatibe-backed restaurant chain, has opened its latest restaurant, in York, and will grow to 18 with its opening in Chislehurst later this month.

Managing director Sue Crimes said: “2017 has been incredibly exciting for Gusto and we are thrilled to be extending our brand to new areas. We’ve been overwhelmed with the positive response to our restaurants to date and can’t wait to hear the reception for our Chislehurst venue. It’s a great location for our clientele and at the heart of a growing food and drink scene in the area.”

Gusto has invested almost £2m in the two venues to open this summer, creating more than 100 jobs in total.

Crimes added: “Our food offering is excellent, but what truly sets us apart is our second-to-none customer service, exclusively developed cocktail recipes and relaxed atmosphere.

“We want to position our restaurant-bars as the ‘third place’ in our guests’ lives. First is home, second is work and the ‘third place’ is somewhere you go to unwind and socialise. We believe that our venues achieve this, as our relaxed environment enables guests to enjoy a variety of social situations, from day time with the family right through to date night with a partner.”

MCA first revealed Gusto had secured the former Oriel site in Chislehurt in April.