A Wendy’s restaurant has been announced for the North East, here’s where

Iconic American fast food chain Wendy’s is planning to open a restaurant in Newcastle City Centre, and plans to do so on a 24 hour basis.

The burger business, which is the third biggest fast service company in the US, made a return to the UK three years ago when it opened at restaurant in Reading and it now has more than 30 sites around the UK. Now Wendy’s is looking to head to the Bigg Market in Newcastle, after submitting a licence application for the empty building at 68-72 Grainger Street.

The opening would be a welcome letting for the prominent corner plot, which has been empty for some years. The square burger specialist – founded by Dave Thomas in 1969 in Ohio and with more than 6,000 restaurants in the US – sells everything from breakfast sandwiches and coffees to meat, veggie and chicken burgers and salads. It is particularly popular for its spicy nuggets, chocolate frosty dessert and Wendy’s Baconator burgers.

One of Wendy’s franchise partners, Square Burgers Ltd, has submitted the application for a licence for the Newcastle unit, indicating plans to run a 24-hour seven days a week operation, opening from 6am to 6am and with late night operation hours from 11pm through to 5am the following day. Part of the restaurant would be closed off to customer during the late night hours, however.

The building last served customers as the Viet Cafe, which took it on around three years after the closure of KFC. The Bigg Market and Cloth Market has seen the opening of several new bars and restaurants in recent years, including Twenty Twenty, Louie’s Liquor Store, Filthy’s, Hibou Blanc, WC and expansion for Greek restaurant Kafe Neon.

Wendy’s is currently on a growth mission in the UK, having signed up four franchise partners: GH Burgers, Square Burgers, Blank Table and JRK Restaurants. The restaurant will become the second to launch in the North East, following on from last September’s confirmation of a site in Middlesbrough, at the former Thomas the Baker unit near the town’s bus station.

Wendy’s returned to the UK in 2021, after closing its UK sites in 2000. At the end of last year, Michael Clarke, managing director of Wendy’s UK and Europe, told trade publication The Caterer: “We want to open as many restaurants as we can. Our plan is, how do we get Wendy’s to as many people as possible across the UK? We will open anywhere and everywhere that our customers want us to.”

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