Brasilian barbecue restaurant and cocktail bar Cabana is opening its first North East branch in Newcastle city centre as part of a £1m investment which will create 40 new jobs.
The restaurant will open in the Co-op Building in Newgate street, which has since undergone a £17m redevelopment to create a new Premier Inn hotel and home for several eateries.
Jamie Barber, co-founder of Cabana, told The Chronicle that after the success of both Manchester and Leeds in the North, it is looking forward to showcasing the brand to Newcastle customers.
“Brasilian Food has also been dubbed the cuisine of 2016, so we are really excited about the opening in Newcastle to show off our signature Spicy Malagueta Chicken, famous cocktails and energetic Brasilian atmosphere,” he said.
The Newcastle eatery is Cabana’s third venture outside of London and the seventh within its portfolio and follows on from its successful openings in Leeds and Manchester.
Launched in 2011 by restaurateurs Jamie Barber – who created Hush, Villandry and Sake No Hana – and Brasilian-born David Ponté, who founded Momo, Cabana specialises in Brasilian street food and barbecue skewers.
The significant investment comes after a strong performance in 2015, with the business turning over £15m and now employing more than 200 people in the UK.
Contractors are now set to fit out the new 4,500sq ft restaurant, which will have a dining area as well as a cocktail bar, while recruiters seek to take on 40 new staff.