Bars, clubs and restaurants preparing to open doors soon on Teesside

Teesside’s bars, clubs and restaurants have finally come back to life after a long hiatus – but there are some new kids on the block.

From big-name fast food chains to dessert parlours, we’ve rounded up some of the businesses getting ready to open the doors.

The refits are in full swing, finishing touches are being made – and these venues will be welcoming their first customers soon.

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Five Guys – Teesside Park

After a major refit of the old Chiquito’s at Teesside Park, Five Guys has confirmed it’s opening its first Teesside restaurant on Monday.

The branch will be the fast-growing burger chain’s first UK drive-thru.

A post on Twitter says: “NEW OPENING ALERT. Middlesbrough, it’s the one you’ve been waiting for…..TEESSIDE we’re opening our doors next week!”

The chain has become a favourite for its “uncomplicated” formula of “burger and fries cooked to perfection”.

Cakes, Bakes & Shakes will open next month
Cakes, Bakes & Shakes will open next month
(Image: Gazette)

Cakes, Bakes & Shakes – Acklam

Businessman Azeem Sarwar is busy working towards an August opening for Acklam’s newest cafe and dessert parlour.

He’s busy refitting the old bakery at Trimdon Avenue shops, to create Cakes, Bakes & Shakes.

It will operate as a cafe during the day, serving up sweet treats in the evening from cookie dough to waffles and ice cream.

KFC site
KFC has been granted permission to open a restaurant and takeaway at the site
(Image: Teessidelive)

KFC – Redcar

Fans of their famous fried chicken rejoice – KFC is opening a second branch in Redcar.

The fast food favourite is turning a double unit at the town’s Roseberry Parade off Roseberry Road into its next restaurant.

Redcar and Cleveland Council gave the scheme the go-ahead, but restricted its opening hours to an 11pm closing – instead of 1am to keep “noise and disturbance” to a minimum for residents.

Sticky Fingers – Stockton

The Middlesbrough rock bar is opening a second venue on Stockton’s Prince Regent Street next month.

Sticky Fingers started doing gourmet burgers during lockdown “as a means to get by” – and the takeaways took on a life of their own.

Owner Toni Cook is opening a bar restaurant, with a food prep area to service the high demand for the venue’s food.

She’s aiming to be ready for a soft opening by this Bank Holiday August weekend.

The Guisborough venue's new manager Joe Pemberton
The Guisborough venue’s new manager Joe Pemberton
(Image: Gazette)

The new one from Bloc and Artizan – Guisborough

Guisborough’s as yet unnamed latest venue is currently being given a facelift, ready to welcome its first customers soon.

The owners of Artizan in Linthorpe and BLOC in Marton are opening a third venue at former bar and eatery Sitting Room.

They are planning a fully-fitted kitchen and full team of chefs at the Church Street premises and hope to “bring something different to the town”.

VK & B – Redcar

Formerly The Vault, now Vault Kitchen & Bar (VK&B) is planning to expand with a Redcar restaurant.

The Marske eatery has built up good reputation for its dine-in and takeaway experience.

It’s just been awarded TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice for the second year running, which puts it in the top 10% best-reviewed restaurants worldwide.

It’s so busy, they are “having to turn people away” because the kitchen is too small.

Now owner Arran Addison is opening a second restaurant – with a much larger kitchen – in Redcar’s Northern Quarter.

Arran and son Riley, 20, have taken over the former Italia restaurant in Redcar.

They’re busy doing a “full refit”.

“Despite the pandemic, we’ve managed to keep the good reviews coming in,” Arran said.

“We’re working hard to get the new restaurant finished and looking beautiful.”

Tim Hortons – Teesside Park

Tim Hortons
Another global fast food chain could be coming to Teesside
(Image: Birmingham Mail/Darren Quinton)

Fans of Frankie and Benny’s were disappointed when the chain announced it would not reopen its Teesside Park branch after lockdown.

But a global fast food chain has lost no time in lodging plans to turn the premises into its next UK cafe and bake shop.

Canadian group Tim Hortons also wants to add a drive-thru lane to the vacant retail park restaurant.

The 57-year-old chain is as famous as McDonald’s in its native country.

Work has not started yet, but if plans are granted it could be serving Teessiders its “premium coffee”, doughnuts, sandwiches and wraps before too long.

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