Mahiki owner to transform newcastle restaurant into alpine inspired bar

20/02/2018 - 07:00
Fat Buddha, an Asian restaurant located in the centre of Newcastle, is to undergo a £750,000 revamp and rebrand which will see it extended to include an alpine inspired bar.

The transfomation is the idea of PAGH Ventures, a partnership between Gary Hutchinson, founder of Chrysalis Leisure Group and Piers Adam (pictured), chairman of the bar chain Mahiki.

While the original Fat Buddha restaurant will remain on site, it will undergo a rebrand and be moved to the first floor to make room for the new concept, Antler.

Among the plans for ground floor is the provision of an exclusive brand of tank beer and alpine-themed home cooked food, along with the creation of an in-house bakery.

PAGH Ventures plans for the concept, which was given the green light by the city’s council last week (13 February), to be rolled out nationwide.

The group’s vision for Antler includes for it to provide live entertainment in a rustic and authentic setting, which will feature a heated, outdoor alpine garden open the year round.

The drinks menu will include all cocktails served at Mahiki, a string of six Polynesian-themed bars located in London, Manchester, Marbella, Dubai and Sardinia.

“Mahiki is without a doubt one of the most exciting hospitality brands in the world and it is their style and ethos which people will see at Antler,” said Hutchinson.

“We will be offering their well-known drinks brands such as Mahiki Rum and Copper Dog Whisky as well as the signature Mahiki cocktails which will be something entirely new to the North East.”

A selection of the drinks will also be added onto the menu of the upstairs restaurant, along with a number of new food choices.

“Antler will be something entirely new for the north east and is the first of many plans for PAGH Ventures,” added Hutchinson. “We are hopeful of opening our next site before the end of 2018.”

Adams said: “While I’ve always wanted a presence in the city, I always hesitated until I met Gary Hutchinson of the Chrysalis Leisure Group.  He personifies everything that is great about the north east and most importantly he passionately cares about improving standards in the food and beverage sector. 

“We will start this partnership in Newcastle and have big plans together for the months and years ahead.”

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