A leading leisure firm is forging ahead with plans for a new Neopolitan-style pizza and cocktail bar opposite Newcastle central station.
Work is under way to convert the former Lounge bar into Central Oven and Shaker, a laid-back eatery specialising in serving pizzas with craft beers, prosecco and carafes of cocktails.
The scheme is led by Crafted Projects – the rebranded leisure division of Ladhar Group – which has enlisted award-winning design agency Collective Design to draw up exciting plans for the venue, which will also create 30 new jobs.
Detailed plans have been submitted to Newcastle City Council for the scheme, which will see the leisure firm invest a significant sum into the remodelling of the site, which sits on the ground floor of the Hampton by Hilton hotel building.
Once open later this year, Central Oven and Shaker will offer classic and contemporary pizzas in wood burning ovens from early morning until the early hours, and takeaway options will also be available for office workers and train goers.
Director Barry Ladhar said: “After successfully launching our restaurant and underground cocktail bar that has wonderfully complemented Pleased To Meet You, the team are focussed on this exciting project. Inspired by the pizzerias of Napoli, we shall combine this authentic cooking style with the very best local produce.”
The owner of several regional venues – including Newcastle Quayside’s Hop and Cleaver and Redhouse and Lady Greys – are creating up to 130 jobs through this year’s developments within the business, which include progress on the White Hart Yard scheme and the £500,000 expansion of Pleased To Meet You
Ladhar Group this year rebranded its leisure division to Crafted Projects to fit the company’s profile of developing contemporary destinations for food, craft ales and cocktails.
Mr Ladhar added: “The Oven and Shaker will be a fantastic new addition to the food and drink scene while we are extremely pleased at the progress we are making, working with the council and other stakeholders, to develop White Hart Yard.”