The new 4,500 sq ft eatery will see an initial investment of over £875,000 into the local area, as well as create 50 new jobs. The restaurant will be the brand’s first restaurant in the North East and its seventh restaurant to open in the UK, with plans for further expansion throughout 2016.
Ian Leigh, managing director at Thaikhun, said: “Breaking into the North East market has been on our agenda for a while now, so we are incredibly excited to be investing in the region.
“We hope that our new restaurant will bring something a little different to intu Metrocentre’s current food and drink offering, as well as ignite our customer’s dreams of exploring Thailand through our traditional Thai street food and interactive dining experience.”
Staying true to its Thai roots, a traditional opening ceremony will be carried out by Buddhist Monks on 30th March 2016. Spiritual chanting and a sacred blessing will take place at the site of intu Metrocentre’s restaurant, in order to wish good fortune and prosperity to the new establishment, followed by an exclusive VIP event in the evening.
Thaikhun, intu Metrocentre will offer its customers traditional Thai street food in an authentic setting. Located in the Qube in the Yellow Mall, the eatery will include an open kitchen with authentic Thai chefs, as well as traditional artefacts and decorations sourced from the street markets of Thailand.
“The arrival of Thaikhun at intu Metrocentre is an exciting and innovative addition to our restaurants.”
Helen Atkinson, Marketing Manager at intu Metrocentre, said: “The arrival of Thaikhun at intu Metrocentre is an exciting and innovative addition to our restaurants. The design of the restaurant alone looks fantastic, and the food offering will bring a different dining experience to the centre, which we can’t wait to try.”
Thaikhun is one of nine new restaurants to open in Metrocentre’s new £17 million dining and leisure extension, set to be completed in April 2016.
Thai Leisure Group is a group of restaurants and bars that is owned jointly by Kim Kaewkraikhot and Martin Stead. The Thai Leisure Group currently owns and operates ‘Chaophraya’, a successful group of restaurants recognised and valued nationwide. Since opening their first restaurant in 2004, a niche market of Thai gourmet dining in prime locations, has swept the UK.
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