Sunderland AFC’s catering firm takes over National Glass Centre restaurant

Gary Hutchinson, SAFC Commercial Director, with James Bustard, National Glass Centre Director.
Gary Hutchinson, SAFC Commercial Director, with James Bustard, National Glass Centre Director.
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THERE will be nothing foul about the food at the National Glass Centre restaurant, thanks to SAFC.

The club’s subsidiary company, 1879 Events Management, has won the contract to run the restaurant when it reopens this summer.

The National Glass Centre Brasserie has been developed as part of a £2.25million investment programme, which has also included remodelled galleries and improved educational facilities.

Taken over by Sunderland University in 2010, the centre’s redevelopment has been supported by Arts Council England, which awarded a grant of £750,000.

It was also backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which handed over £250,000, drawing praise from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

James Bustard, National Glass Centre director, said: “Everyone involved in the redevelopment of the centre is thoroughly enthused about the reopening in the summer, and about its future success.

“We are extremely confident that the new-look centre will further enhance the region’s cultural offer while helping to reinforce ourselves as the leading centre for glass in the UK.”

Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at Sunderland AFC, said: “1879 Events Management is delighted to be providing such an important service to National Glass Centre at such an exciting time in its development.

“A first-class food offering will help strengthen visitor numbers, which can only benefit the city as a whole.”

He added: “We’re proud to be in partnership with both National Glass Centre and the university on this venture.”