Selby could soon have its own 'Latin Quarter' in an unheralded part of town - with a brand new bistro restaurant as its centrepiece.
The plans have been formulated by local entrepreneur Eddie Rodgers and his wife Julie, who want to convert the old Co-op building on the corner of Micklegate into an upmarket restaurant called Delilah's - offering Mediterranean, Latino and traditional British food.
What would make Delilah's unique in Selby would be its Latin flourish - and not one, but two continental-style al-fresco eating areas. The first would be just outside the restaurant itself, but there would be another fenced-off terrace on the end of the Micklegate market area.
The terraced area would be in the style of the al-fresco eateries that are so popular in southern European countries such as France and Spain.
There has never been anything of this kind attempted before in Selby, but Eddie and Julie believe it could reinvigorate a part of town that is badly in need of a lift. They have already submitted plans to Selby District Council.
The building, dating to 1910, currently serves as the headquarters of Eddie and Julie's national training business, which employs 20 people in Selby.
The couple, who live in Gateforth with their family, have also been credited with turning around the fortunes of the Three Swans pub in Selby town centre, which they bought from the Scottish and Newcastle pub company through their other firm Rosebud Enterprises.
Up until about six years ago the old Co-op building was a women's clothes shop, so a change-of-use permission to convert the vacant ground floor and part of their first-floor offices into the bistro restaurant will be needed.
They have also asked for consent to develop an external street cafe and carry out refurbishment to existing window canopies above the shop front, and to put in new lighting.
Eddie and Julie see Micklegate House as the centrepiece of a new 'Latin' and cultural quarter in this part of town, where there are also plans for a new arts centre in the old Abbots Staithe building.
The couple's plan is to move the 20 employees of their training centre to the old Bailey & Haigh solicitors' building in The Crescent - which they have bought - to make way for the new £200,000 restaurant. The restaurant would seat 65 people and create 12 mainly full-time jobs.
Eddie, whose company Business Training Ventures bought Micklegate House from an IT company, said: "Delilah's will be an exciting new concept - an informal and family-friendly environment. We believe it will greatly support the renaissance of the town, offering a real alternative to travelling to Leeds or York.
"The menu wouldn't be expensive, but the restaurant would be upmarket. The refurbishment will be sympathetic. We have sourced original photos of the building from 1910. It won't be a case of ripping it apart and destroying the character.
"We think it could be a new concept in Selby," he said. "All the big cities have these nice, funky bistros - but you don't tend to get them in market towns."
If and when the first application is accepted, a second would be sent to the county council asking for permission for the terrace at the end of the Micklegate car park, where there are currently a couple of benches and trees.
Local builders would be commissioned to make good the conversion and Eddie and Julie would work with the Jobcentre to recruit local people for the restaurant jobs.