A NEW eatery serving a popular Canadian dish will soon be opening in the centre of Bradford.

Brooklyn Fries will be the district’s first poutine cafe, and one of just a handful in the country.

The dish is made up of French fries topped with cheese curds, a gravy or other sauce and assorted other toppings like fried eggs.

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Imtiaz Pandor is opening the venture next month in the former Tribeca sandwich shop on Upper Millergate, which he bought four years ago. He said business at Tribeca had been declining, and he made the decision to open a much more unique food venue. He fell in love with the dish on a trip to Canada, and on a recent trip to Dubai saw how it could be suited to different tastes.

He said: “Tribeca had been there for about 20 years, and I bought it about four years ago. I was nostalgic as I’d eaten there for years. I wanted to return Tribeca to its glory days, but people changed their eating habits, people weren’t going to go out of their way to come here to get a sandwich - there is a sandwich shop on every street.

“This business is based on Poutine, it is a dish from Quebec in Canada. There aren’t many poutine places, there is one in Liverpool and a pop up in London.

“All the potatoes are going to be locally sourced and cut on site. Chips are normally seen as a side dish, but this is about making chips the hero.

“I hope this will attract more people to this end of town. We’re going to be opening a little bit later, hopefully making the most of the early evening crowd. We’ll have about five members of staff.”

The business will open early next month.

Meanwhile, in Ilkley Arc Inspirations, a multi-brand bar operator, has announced the latest addition to its portfolio after securing its first venue in Ilkley, with doors set to open on November 3.

Arc has acquired the lease from European restaurant Wildwood on Station Plaza, with plans underway to rejuvenate the 5,000 sq. ft. site into its rapidly expanding flagship brand Banyan Bar & Kitchen.

The new bar and restaurant, extending over two floors, will create 35 full and part-time jobs for the local area.