Sunderland Restaurant Week 2023 ploughs almost £500,000 into local economy, organisers reveal
Diners hungry for a deal have ploughed almost half a million pounds into the local economy.
More than 50 restaurants, bars and cafes took part in the nine-day event which took place from March 4-12 and was organised by Sunderland BID and supported by Sunderland City Council.
And the support of more than 16,000 dinners and food lovers, from across Wearside and beyond, brought a welcome boost to the local economy of £482,520.
Sunderland Restaurant Week, which is sponsored by Bradley Hall and offers menus priced at £10, £15 and £20, is held twice yearly and has become a firm fixture on the city’s calendar.
Among those taking part for the first time this year were Good Apple Café and Roma Italian, along with recently opened Buddha Beat, whose owner Andy Drape said: “What a great week to help us show off our tapas at a great price. This has inspired us to continue a similar deal for pre theatre, match days and early evenings mid- week.
“We like to give back to the local community and show support and this means everything to us. We hope that Buddha Beat will help to inspire the new wave of food that is starting to appear in Sunderland city centre.”
Spent Grain, at John Street, also took part and owner Nathan Outhwaite was delighted with the response.
“Restaurant week has been great not just for us but for the whole Sunderland food scene,” he said. “It’s wonderful for people to get out and try new places for a great price.
“It was a very busy week for us with many new and returning customers and this year we launched our new spring menu in line with restaurant week so people could come and try the new menu as part of the deal.
“The feedback has been excellent and we couldn’t be happier with the support we’ve received from everyone, especially during these tough times.”
Other participants included Grinder, Angelo’s, new Indian restaurant Babaji, My Delhi, Sweet Petite, Acropolis at Stack, The Peacock, The Old Vestry, Victors, Tarantino’s and many more.
Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said she was delighted that “once again Sunderland has proved itself to be a big hit with food lovers.