June 4, 2016 @ 18:23 by Alison Cowie
Three growing restaurant operators are coming to the North East as part of a rapidly expanding dining offer at intu Eldon Square’s £25 million catering development in Newcastle city centre.
The new dining quarter which opens at intu Eldon Square in autumn has been selected by fast casual pizza restaurant Inferno, American burger brand Smashburger and Taiwanese bubble tea brand Chatime for their first phase of UK restaurant openings.
The new additions will join a host of other restaurants at intu Eldon Square including established names TGI Fridays, Chiquito and Tapas Revolution. Shopping centre owner intu is reconfiguring 80,000 sq ft of retail space at intu Eldon Square as part of its strategy to attract visitors from further afield and for longer with an enhanced leisure offer.
Kate Grant, regional director of intu, said: “intu Eldon Square’s new dining quarter is exactly the right space for these exciting new restaurant brands to expand into the north east. They will play an important role in establishing our new dining area at Grey’s Quarter as a stylish, sought-after destination for restaurant operators and customers.
“Newcastle’s thriving city centre relies on a strong dining offer that encourages customers to come from further, stay for longer and spend more. We’re looking forward to attracting more visitors to the city by providing a vibrant and central location for both leisure and shopping which will in turn help all our retailers to flourish.”
Inferno is taking a 2100 sq ft unit, Smashburger will be taking 2000 sq ft and Chatime, 1000 sq ft.