Owner of popular restaurant The Patricia plans to open second location in Gosforth
The owner of the popular Jesmond restaurant, The Patricia, plans to open a new restaurant in a former bicycle shop in Gosforth.
Chef and businessman Nick Grieves found success in Newcastle after opening his upscale restaurant The Patricia in 2019 after working at Michelin-starred restaurants in London.
Since the restaurant’s launch, it has received fantastic reviews in a number of national newspapers, including from Marina O’Loughlin of the Guardian, who described it as “a little lower”.
But now Mr. Grieves plans to build on The Patricia’s success by opening a new restaurant and cafe in Gosforth in the old M Steel Cycles store.
Plans for the new restaurant, to be called Ophelia, were revealed in a planning application submitted to Newcastle City Council by planning consultants Lichfiends.
The app says, “Our client is converting the unit into a restaurant and cafe on the ground floor, with the first floor to be used as additional seating, internal auxiliary office space or storage.
“The applicant plans to use this space to manage a high-quality restaurant and cafe, called Ophelia and Café Renee, respectively, as part of an expansion of their existing successful catering business in Jesmond, The Patricia.”
It is currently unclear what type of food will be served at Ophelia or Café Renee, with Lichfields simply describing the restaurant as a “high quality” restaurant.
M Steel Cycles has been closed for about three years and only the outline of its old lettering is now visible on the window.
The town planning consultants said that transforming the site into a restaurant and installing new signage “will enhance the vitality of the street scene” and that its design will be “compatible with previous use and existing development in the area”.
The planning request continues: “The proposed changes are in line with national and local policy and will redevelop a vacant store unit into an upscale restaurant and cafe for the benefit of neighboring properties and the local center of South Gosforth in his outfit.
“The proposals will not have any negative impact on public safety or the amenities. As such, it is requested that building permit and advertising consent be granted without delay.”
The request has been submitted and is currently awaiting consideration by Newcastle City Council.