Restaurant chain Yo! Sushi is said to be eyeing up its own site in Newcastle after moving out of Fenwick’s department store in the wake of a food court revamp.
The company, which operates more than 80 restaurants, is reportedly looking to turn a former clothing store on the city’s Grainger Street into its latest branch.
The Newcastle Chronicle reports that a licencing and planning application submitted by the firm reveals that its plans include a seven-day-a-week opening and 24-hour raw fish and alcohol on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
“YO! Sushi is always looking at new opportunities and locations, and would be delighted to bring a slice of urban Tokyo to the wonderful city of Newcastle,” a spokesman told the paper. “All options are currently being explored and we are extremely fond of the warm and engaging local community so will do our best to find a location that suits us in the near future.”
A floor plan contained within the planning application shows two shop units combined to form a ground floor restaurant, with a basement level back of house area and customer toilets, the report said.
The restaurant would seat 79 people, most of whom would be sat on stools seated at a conveyor belt which transports food from the open kitchen to diners.
A consultation on the licensing application runs until Friday4 September.