A new restaurant is planning to extend its opening hours after proving to be popular with business staff.
Independent deli restaurant Eat@ opened at the end of June at the Duke’s Walk retail scheme on Quorum Business Park in Longbenton after relocating from Four Lane Ends.
And trading has already been positive at the establishment which has inside seating for 40 and a further 30 outside.
Run by husband and wife team Billy and Kerstin Botto, it is open Monday to Friday during the day offering coffee shop, homemade deli sandwiches and bistro restaurant facilities.
Billy said: “We were thrilled to move onto Quorum, we’ve certainly enjoyed healthy business since opening.
“We recognised some employees only have short lunch breaks, so there was a need for quick service for both quality takeaway and eat-in meals.
“Naturally, lunchtime gets the busiest with the majority of customers opting for the freshly-made sandwiches and own-choice filling although the bistro menu is increasingly popular.”
There are plans in place to extend the opening hours to 11pm, initially on Thursday and Friday, from November 7.
Billy said: “There is already good custom from people coming in for a couple of drinks after work.
“We will build the food offering around that with steak nights and tapas themed evenings created by our chef.
“We feel that opening longer will give employees the opportunity to come in for a quick drink to unwind or a bite to eat before going home.
“We also intend to extend trading hours to a Saturday evening and Sunday afternoons as there are plenty of local residents on our doorstep.”
Quorum development director Fergus Trim said: “The opening of Eat@ was eagerly awaited by both staff on the park and the local community and it has had a successful first few months.
It’s a great place for our tenants to take some time out and hold informal meetings, working lunches and staff get-togethers.”