Flower Café heading to Sunderland

Flower Café has been unveiled as the latest operator to invest in Sunderland’s Keel Square.

The third concept venue opened by Sayturk Group Ltd will take the fourth and final unit under the Holiday Inn at Riverside Sunderland, with the venue set to be in keeping with the group’s sites in Newcastle’s Grainger Town and Alnwick.

The Sunderland venue – which will also feature a pavement café running along High Street West – will complement The Botanist and Keel Tavern, both of which are now open to the public, and The Muddler, which is expected to join them later this year.

Flower Café is set to offer a continental-style service from breakfast to late – and a menu of cocktails, beers, patisserie, gourmet sandwiches, sweet treats, gelato ice creams, and healthy options.

Gerard McElvenny from Pulp Studios Design House, who also helped design Keel Tavern and the recently revamped Gatsby’s, said: “We’re delighted to have helped shape plans for a stunning new café bar that will provide a colourful new addition to Sunderland’s hospitality scene. The plans will bring something different to the city, a place that can be enjoyed by day and by evening by people who live and work in Sunderland as well as those who visit.”

The venue will have 113 covers inside and 46 in the outdoor space, and it is expected to create 20 new jobs when it opens later this year.

Peter McIntyre, executive director of city development at Sunderland City Council, said: “Flower Café has been a huge success in Newcastle and like the hospitality groups behind The Botanist, the Keel Tavern and The Muddler, it is wonderful to see another business that has traditionally focused on locations north of the Tyne seeing the huge potential in our transforming city. We’ve worked hard to make sure that Sunderland attracts the best venues, and this is another example of that. We hope residents enjoy this exciting new offer.”

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