Hamburger chain Byron has opened its first Newcastle restaurant in one of the city’s most historic buildings.
The brand, which was founded in 2007 by Tom Byng, has taken over a site formerly occupied by fashion retailer H&M on Grey Street in the heart of the city’s shopping district.
Byron has signed a 25-year lease on the property after agreeing a deal with Charles Street Buildings Group.
Ian Webster, director of the National Retail Agency team at CBRE, which advised the landlord, said the deal was symptomatic of the trend for restaurant chains to seek unit space that would once have been seen as the domain of mainstream retailers.
“The opening of Byron in Newcastle is a great example of the growing trend we are seeing of A3/A4 sector moving into what was previously considered A1 retail prime pitch,” he said. “It’s also encouraging to see an historic, listed building being brought back to life for the community to use following the exit of H&M.”
The Grey Street restaurant is understood to be one of the largest in the Byron estate. It has been transformed over the past few months, with the historic building’s unique quirks incorporated into the design.