North East restaurateur Terry Laybourne is involved in a new Mediterranean restaurant poised to open in Newcastle department store Fenwick.
The retailer recently unveiled plans for a multimillion pound revamp of its food hall, which will include the launch of new eateries specialising in seafood and Asian cuisine.
Fenwick has now confirmed that the plans will encompass the 70-cover Fuego Bar and Restaurant, which will have a wood stone oven installed when it opens in September.
The concept and menu have been created by Fenwick executive chef Kelly Richardson, with support from Laybourne, owner of the 21 Hospitality Group, who has acted as consultant on the project.
Rhys McKinnell, head of food and catering at Fenwick Newcastle, told The Chronicle: “Before we embarked on this project we consulted widely with our customers to discover what they wanted to find in a modern Food Hall. With this exciting development we believe we will deliver what they expected – a world-class dining and retail experience.”
London-based agency CADA Design, which has previously worked with Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, has been involved in designing the new-look food hall.
New additions will also include a café and patisserie, artisan bakery, fresh juice bar and a speciality chocolatier outlet.
Fenwick is a retail institution in the North East and has had a presence in Northumberland Street since 1882. The refurbishment has been two years in the making and is expected to be completed by mid-October.