A NEW restaurant is set to open in Sunderland city centre.
Councillors have given the go-ahead for firm Kandaya Ltd to turn the former My Legends bar, in High Street West, into a pan-Asian buffet restaurant, called the Golden Phoenix.
A meeting of the city council’s Sunderland South Sub-Committee passed the change of use appeal.
Both floors of the property will be used, with the first floor having space for 230 customers as well as a buffet counter.
The premises will be open to customers between 10am and 11.30pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am to midnight on weekends.
Mike Birkett, director of leisure and retail at BNP Paribas Real Estate, joint agent with Pudney Shuttleworth, of Leeds, said: “The letting to Golden Phoenix is important as it is a high-quality pan-Asian buffet operation.
“It will revitalise the prominent corner unit facing High Street West and strengthen Sunniside as a prime leisure and restaurant destination for the local Sunderland residents.”
Columbus UK Real Estate Fund LP bought the site in January of this year.
Councillors at the committee meeting hailed the application as another boost to the Sunniside area of the city centre.
Coun Phillip Tye, who represents Silksworth ward, said: “I’m really surprised how long it has taken someone to get in there. I think it shows that our commitment to Sunniside remains.
Coun Tom Martin, of Hendon ward, agreed that Sunniside was becoming a popular place for leisure facilities in Sunderland.
He said: “It’s an area which is on the up and things are definitely changing for the better there.”
Councillors voted to approve the change-of-use application for the venue.