Turtle Bay to bring spirit of the Caribbean to Durham Riverwalk

Turtle Bay, the Caribbean restaurant and bar group, has started work on a new 4850sqft venue at Durham Riverwalk.

The two-storey restaurant and bar is scheduled to open in October, creating 50 new hospitality jobs in the city.

Phil Dukelow, operations manager for Turtle Bay, said: “The dining and social scene in Durham is about to heat up. Turtle Bay is bringing the spirit of Caribbean islands to historic Durham City, from rum and reggae to sizzling jerk chicken and beach shack liming. Diners can look forward to signature cocktails, bottomless brunches, island-inspired dishes like jerk chicken and fiery goat curry topped off with great service from passionate, friendly staff.”

The group operates more than 40 restaurants nationwide including popular venues in Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

Fusion Design and Architecture has created a bespoke interior for Turtle Bay Durham featuring a central island bar, open kitchen, flaming jerk-pit and grill plus indoor veranda seating with a beach shack vibe.

Ryan Sullivan, general manager Turtle Bay Durham, said: “Creating Caribbean good times requires great people, which is why we’ll soon be holding audition days in Durham. We’re looking for people who share our spirit, personality and passion for food, fun and Turtle Bay. Our aim is to make guests happy by delivering delicious, rich-tasting Caribbean inspired food, delightful drinks and a lively, soulful vibe that comes straight from the beaches and street stalls of those celebrated islands.”

Anyone interested in applying for the Turtle Bay auditions days can email recruitment@turtlebay.co.uk

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