The Muddler is well-rated in Newcastle. Credit: via Creo

Muddler confirmed for Sunderland

A sister venue to the popular Newcastle pan-Asian restaurant and cocktail bar, operated by Danieli Group, will open in Keel Square in 2024, having signed up for ground floor space under the Holiday Inn.

The business, known for its original venue in Newcastle’s Grey Street, will join neighbouring venues The Botanist and Keel Tavern in the leisure quarter as the city’s flagship development area Riverside Sunderland continues to make progress.

The Muddler serves a range of Eastern inspired small and large plates, as well as a selection of sushi dishes.

Neill Winch, chief executive at Danieli Group, said: “We’re really excited to be launching The Mudder in Sunderland, a place we know well having spent the last few years establishing STACK in Seaburn, a venue that has proven to be phenomenally popular.

“The city centre in Sunderland is going through an amazing transformation, with more venues opening their doors to welcome people by day and night. Positioned on the doorstep of the Empire, as well as the city’s Auditorium, we are at the heart of a regenerating part of the city centre that is becoming an established place of work and play.

“It’s brilliant to join an increasingly exciting line-up of venues that are each bringing their unique offer to the city.”

Danieli has also been busy with a range of STACK projects this year, not least the fanzone joint venture with Newcastle United close to St James’ Park.

Cllr Kevin Johnston, dynamic city cabinet member for Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re thrilled that The Muddler will be joining the fantastic line-up of venues in the transforming Riverside Sunderland, adding to the city’s offer for residents and visitors.

“The transformation of Riverside Sunderland is creating new places to live, work and play, and we know there has been growing excitement about the fantastic venues that will be serving up more choice by day and evening. The Muddler’s announcement will add to that.”

Square One Law and agent Bradley Hall advised on the deal.

Neil Hart, group chief executive of Bradley Hall, said: “We’re thrilled to have played a key role in bringing The Muddler to Keel Square.

“Sunderland’s transformation is gathering pace, and securing another high-quality leisure operator to open its doors in the city will support the daytime and evening economy, bringing residents and visitors into the city centre.”

Fellow leisure operator Vaulkhard released images of the Keel Tavern in August.

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