A FORMER Chinese restaurant in South Shields town centre is up for grabs for an annual rent of £39,000.
The building, in Ocean Road, was trading until a few weeks ago as the Kylin Buffet restaurant, but it is now vacant.
The former restaurant could offer food for thought for prospective developers, though, as its lease available.
It is being marketed by South Shields estate agent Keith Pattinson.
A spokesman for the company said: “The premises forms part of a three-storey mid-terraced premises of traditional construction.
“The ground floor and first floor benefit from full A3 restaurant use classification.
“The second floor has planning permission for residential use.
“Internally, the property consists of a ground-floor restaurant and buffet area with 130 covers.
“An internal staircase leads to 50 additional covers, with optional function room, male and female WC facilities and kitchen.
“Access to the first floor leads to residential accommodation, offering the opportunity to work and live at the same address.”
When it was a working restaurant the Kylin Buffet was no stranger to customer service controversies.
Soon after it opened in 2011, one woman was left fuming when her 10-year-old daughter was charged the adult price for a meal – for being too tall.
Caroline Hall, 31, accused the eatery of discrimination for charging daughter Georgia-Leigh £11.95 instead of £5.95 for a happy hour all-you-can-eat buffet.