Gateshead retail extension sparks restaurant build frenzy

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Thaikhun and Barburrito have chosen the Gateshead Metrocentre as the location for their first ventures in the North East and are among nine high-profile restaurant names confirmed to be opening at the site, it was revealed today.

Two final restaurants are close to being announced as the enlarged Qube area of the Intu-run development is extended to 45,000 square feet. It will contain 24 restaurants, cafes and bars when it opens in Spring 2016.

Thaikhun is opening its first North East restaurant at intu Metrocentre where it will be offering authentic Thai street food. The restaurant will be decorated with genuine bric-a-brac items from Thailand, all hand selected to bring Bangkok to Tyne & Wear.

Kim Kaewkraikhot, owner and chef director of Thaikhun, said: “I want to bring the true cooking of my country to customers throughout the UK. It’s exciting to be opening in another new region of England. intu Metrocentre will be a great place for us and we’re really looking forward to being part of the Qube dining and leisure quarter.”

Barburrito’s is also opening its first North East restaurant at intu Metrocentre. Jim Bishop, head of property at Barburrito, said: “It’s great to be opening at intu Metrocentre and continues our expansion throughout the UK. intu Metrocentre is one of the top shopping centres in the country with great footfall figures.”

In addition to Thaikhun and Barburrito, the new line-up will include Coast to Coast, TGI Friday’s, Chiquito, Five Guys, Ask, Bella Italia and Subway.

Intu Metrocentre is ranked as one of the top five shopping centres in the UK. Around £16m is being invested to extend the Qube dining and leisure quarter at the site. It will include an entertainment area and 12-screen cinema complex.

The existing Qube dining area already includes names such as Pizza Express, Handmade Burger Co, Nando’s, Zizzi, Wagamama and Frankie & Benny’s.

The nine new restaurants signed up to the intu Metrocentre extension

Ask has taken 3,625 sq ft on a 25-year lease

Bella Italia has taken 3,525 sq ft on a 15-year lease

Barburrito has taken 2,400 sq ft of space on a 15-year lease

Chiquito has taken 4,850 sq ft on a 25-year lease

Coast to Coast has taken 7,100 sq ft on a 25-year lease

Five Guys has taken 3,460 sq ft plus a 540 sq ft seating on a 15-year lease

Thaikhun has taken 4,350 sq ft on a 20-year lease

Subway has taken 1,375 sq ft on a 10-year lease

TGI Friday’s has taken 7,100 sq ft on a 15-year lease

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