Bar operator Arc Inspirations is investing £1.5 million to open Banyan Bar & Kitchen in Newcastle, its first site in the North East.
Spread across two floor and encompassing 10,000 square foot of space, the site will take the group’s portfolio of bars to 19, when it opens next year in a prime city centre location on Blackett Street, near Eldon Square shopping centre.
The former Jamie’s Italian site will take the number of Banyan Bar and Kitchen sites to nine, joining six bars across West Yorkshire and two in Manchester.
Banyan Bar & Kitchen Newcastle will serve a wide range of all day dining dishes, such as its renowned energizer breakfast, powerbowl salads, Swaledale Steak and Ale pie and generous sharing platters, to name a few.
Arc Inspirations will work with a number of local suppliers to ensure its menu is keeping with local provenance.
On the drinks front, a selection of draught beer and cider, featuring local craft brewers, will be served alongside an extensive bespoke cocktail menu, curated by bar development manager Mark Austin.
Arc Inspirations CEO Martin Wolstencroft said: “We’ve spent a considerable amount of time perfecting and tweaking our proposition and operating model, allowing our brands to trade harmoniously in close proximity.
“We’re confident in our strategy and keen to take our brands to new guests in new cities and feel Newcastle is the perfect location for our first site outside of Yorkshire and Manchester.
“Following our spate of new openings in recent weeks, this latest move reflects the momentum of the business and our hunger to grow. We’ll take the learnings from those openings and apply them to this new site.
“Looking forward, we will continue to seek out opportunities in new locations whilst keeping a laser focus on our existing bars to guarantee the strong sales and excellent customer experiences that has built our reputation over the past 20 years.”