New steakhouse creates jobs

A new steakhouse has breathed new life into a derelict building in central Newcastle, creating a number of jobs in the process.

Toro’s Steakhouse is the first Halal steakhouse in Newcastle and has opened after “significant” investment and extensive renovation work in the venue.

The restaurant, on Marlborough Crescent, has been opened after almost five months of work on the interior, transforming a building which had stood derelict for a number of years.

The two-storey venue – which serves a variety of meats but no alcohol – can seat up to 90 diners and has created several jobs through its opening.

Toro’s, which is part of a national chain, is the first of the company’s franchises to open in the North East. The Newcastle restaurant is the seventh in its portfolio, with the others in the Midlands and Southern England. Expansion into Scotland is planned in the near future.

Amair Mohammed, from Toro’s Steakhouse in Newcastle, said: “It has been a very big job to create this restaurant out of an empty shell of a building, and we have invested a lot of money in doing so, but we are delighted with the outcome.

“We have created new jobs in Newcastle, as well as opening an excellent steakhouse right in the middle of town, which serves high-quality Halal food at very reasonable prices. It is priced so there is something for everyone.

“The Toro’s brand is very well known around the country and we are very pleased to open the first one in the North East.”

The opening of Toro’s Steakhouse in Newcastle was supported by law firm Sintons, with leading licensing specialist Sarah Smith and real estate solicitor Danielle Dale both working on the transaction.

Sarah Smith, Partner in Sintons, said: “This is another welcome addition to Newcastle’s city centre leisure scene. As the first Halal steakhouse in the city, it brings yet another aspect to the vibrant and diverse offering we have here. The team have invested a lot of time and money to transform what was a derelict and dilapidated building into a 90-cover restaurant, and we wish them every success with it.”

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