Plans submitted for new Ed’s Easy Diner in Sunderland Build-A-Bear store

DINER PLANS: Ed's Easy Diner hopes to expand into Sunderland.
DINER PLANS: Ed's Easy Diner hopes to expand into Sunderland.
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MORE than 20 jobs could be created if plans go ahead to transform a toy shop into a retro-style American diner.

An application has been submitted to Sunderland City Council to change the use of the Build A Bear Workshop, in The Bridges, into an Ed’s Easy Diner.

According to planning documents, five people work at Build-A-Bear. If Ed’s Diner gets the go-ahead it would employ 20 full-time staff and 10 part-time.

A decision on the submitted plans is expected to be delegated to the council’s director of development and regeneration.

Ed’s Easy Diner already has a restaurant in the Metrocentre, as well as shopping centres in Sheffield, Birmingham and York. It first launched in Soho 25 years ago.

Its 1950s-style diner serves burgers, hotdogs, salads and side dishes.

Andy Bradley, centre director of The Bridges, said: “We continually look at new ways to improve the shopping offering to ensure we are providing the best retail mix to our customers at The Bridges.”

It is not known if Build A Bear Workshop is moving to another unit or if it will be closing.

The Echo’s efforts to contact the US company for comment went unanswered.

Bosses at Ed’s Easy Diner said they were unable to comment until a deal on the site had been signed.