Newcastle centre expansion approved for Four Quarters

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Four Quarters is to open its first venue in the north east this year, after Newcastle City Council approved plans to convert a former Dean Street restaurant into a retro arcade bar.


Formerly Gershwin’s restaurant, the basement unit has remained empty since 2011, and will now become the brand’s fifth UK location, and only the second outside London.

“Newcastle is our primary target location for expansion out of London,” said a spokesperson. “Our managing director is from the area and the arcades of the Spanish City in the 80s and 90s were inspirational in the creation of our brand.”

“Dean Street would seem the perfect location for a destination bar, being very central, yet away from the large scale, youth and stag party targeted venues. We feel our offering is in line with other operators in close proximity.”

Observing that the sub-ground space “would seem to have few viable uses other than late night hospitality,” Four Quarters proposes to bring 30 retro machines, a bar and diner to the site, while creating ten new jobs.

Planning officers approved the plans after agreeing noise caused by surrounding businesses is not “harmful enough” to refuse a new venue, granting Four Quarters permission to open from 3pm to 2am during the week, and from midday to 2am Friday to Sunday

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