The revival of Newcastle’s Quayside could be gathering more pace with negotiations to re-open a well-known restaurant.
Rumpoli’s - which was once owned by top North East comic Bobby Pattinson, is being targeted by bosses at Durham Pubs Ltd, which owns the Red Lion Hotel in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, which has started talks to open it as a restaurant again.
A spokesman for the company said: “We’re in negotiations with the landlord who took over the lease of the building but there’s a lot that can happen. We’ve applied for a license and subject to the granting of the license, we’ll see how we proceed.”
The spokesman said it could take to the end of the year before any deal is finalised.
If it goes ahead, it will add to the growing amount of businesses opening on the Quayside.
In recent weeks plans for a new club on the site of the former Julie’s nightclub have been revealed, while cocktail bar Popolo is to relocate there.
The Hop & Cleaver opened in July in what was the former Offshore 44 bar while developers are working on plans to turn what used to be Chase Bar into a luxury hotel.
A number of number pubs and restaurants have set up since top chef Kenny Atkinson opened his House of Tides restaurant on the Quayside.