SOUTH Tyneside’s newest restaurant has created 15 new jobs.
Arbeias bar Et Brasserie in Winchester Street, South Shields, officially opened its doors in January.
Over the last few months, the Mediterranean-themed restaurant, which is based on South Shields’ Roman roots, has gone from strength to strength.
Now Coun Allen Branley and Ahmed Khan, who are the men behind the eatery, are hosting a seafood festival to mark Easter.
Mr Khan said: “Easter is always a popular time in South Shields – scores of people flock to the seafront, and enjoy their traditional Good Friday fish and chips.
“We wanted to do something to tie in with the festivities, so we thought we’d launch our first seafood festival, which we hope will continue every year.
“From Good Friday to Easter Monday evening, we will have a range of special dishes, from fish and chips to lobsters, and offers for people to enjoy.”
Almost £1m has been spent spent on transforming the former night-spot, which was previously known as Evissa and Porters, into a dining area.
Marble and granite was shipped in from Italy, sinks from India and chandeliers from Europe.
Consultant chef John Calton, who made the finals of BBC’s Masterchef in 2010, is behind the tasty grub on offer.
However, parents can also get an Easter treat this weekend, as every adult meal purchased will entitle a child aged under 10 to eat for free.
Mr Khan added: “We know Easter can be an expensive time of year, and people are already stretched financially at the moment.
“There’s no catches, or only certain dishes the parents can pick.
“It’s simple – any main meal bought means the children can eat for free.
“As well as creating 15 new jobs for the borough, we also want to be able to give something back to South Tyneside.”