The Bank Restaurant and Bar in Low Fell, Gateshead, has relaunched under new management.
Local businessman and Low Fell resident Kevin Brown is back at the helm of the eatery and cocktail bar which he first opened in 2013.
Kevin, who also owns the Grade II listed building on Durham Road, sold the venture in 2014 and was deeply disappointed to see it cease trading by the end of the year.
Shortly after the closure, the original management team approached Kevin, and together, they’ve brought The Bank back to Low Fell.
The building, which dates back to the 1840s and used to house Lloyds Bank, has been extensively refurbished and has an emphasis on good food in great surroundings at honest prices.
“I was devastated at what had happened to the business after all the hard work that had been put into creating a much needed venue on Low Fell high street,” Kevin says.
“The relaunch is exciting for The Bank, and we have many plans to continue developing our offer into the future, including investment in an outdoor drinks area and hosting special events such as wine tasting evenings and charity fundraisers.
“However, we also aim to stay affordable and true to our roots by bringing a thriving, warm and welcoming venue to the heart of the Fell within a building that is steeped in local heritage.
“The team and I are excited about the future and really look forward to welcoming customers old and new.”
Original head chef Lee Walker has also re-joined the team and drawn up a menu that homes in on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients offering a varied selection of dishes to suit all tastes.
Steak is a prominent feature sourced from farmers across Northumberland, Durham and Cumbria.
Meanwhile The Bank Bar promises customers a collection of good wines and the best beers from the UK and Europe, along with local craft ales and a comprehensive cocktail menu.
Kevin has invested in a new website and says social media will play a large role in customer engagement.
“We want to reach out and build lasting relationships with our clientele.
“The new website is stylish and easy to navigate. It contains information on the current menu, special offers, upcoming events and details on The Bank customer loyalty card, which gives our customers points to spend on future purchases so they can enjoy a tasty lunch or a cheeky cocktail on the house.”
For more information go to www.thebanklowfell.co.uk