Gusto, the Palatine-backed restaurant chain, has further strengthened its openings pipeline after securing a site in York.

The 17-strong group, which is led by Sue Crimes, will open at 2-4 Little Stonegate in the city in July.

It will follow this with an opening in Chislehurst, on the former Oriel site in the London suburb, in August.

It is also in talks on a site in Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield.

Earlier this year, Gusto secured an additional £9m funding package from Santander to support its growth plans and target new sites across the UK.

It recently opened a Nottingham site, located in the city’s West Bridgford suburb.