A steakhouse is set to launch in Newcastle city centre next month, creating 45 jobs.
National pub and restaurant chain Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited is reopening former The Lodge bar on the corner of Mosely Street and Dean Street, under its Miller & Carter Steakhouse brand.
Made famous as The Lodge bar, part-owned by TV favourites Ant and Dec, the Grade II listed building is currently undergoing a major refit ready for its planned opening in September.
Once finished the restaurant will accommodate over 165 diners with room for a further 31 people at its bar area.
The three-storey freehold premises were once a bank and the cellar space retains some of the old bullion safes and doors.
Spanning across two floors, Miller & Carter Newcastle will accommodate dining for over 165 guests, with room for a further 31 guests in the bar.
A mezzanine level has been installed to create a more private dining area.
Rob Allison, the new manager at Miller & Carter Newcastle, said: “Newcastle has a vibrant dining scene, but we will set ourselves apart by showcasing our steak expertise in the city.
“We are incredibly passionate about steak and this really shows in the food we serve.
“This is a fantastic building in a great location. Work on the new site is well underway and we are looking forward to opening our doors for business in September.”
Mitchells & Butlers have stated that all staff will receive specialist coaching and attend a bespoke butchery demonstration to ensure they are complete steak experts.
The firm operate 34 restaurants nationwide under the Miller & Carter brand, and Newcastle is the latest of its restaurants to open.
The Lodge closed late last year after the company which owned it collapsed.
PBR Leisure, which also owned Blu Bambu on the nearby Bigg Market, called in restructuring specialists Zolfo Cooper after experiencing problems due to the “challenging economic climate” last year.
The Lodge was sold off along with other bars and restaurants owned by the business, including Chase and the City Vaults.