WIN: name Sunderland brasserie and win a meal for two

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst
The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst
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The National Glass Centre is relaunching its restaurant - and wants Echo readers to come up with a new name.

Currently known as The Brasserie, the cafe and restaurant area will be given a new look and needs a name that will reflect its new identity.

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

The winning entry will receive a £50 voucher to redeem in either the new restaurant or the venue’s gift shop.

“Our aim is to link the brasserie more with the rest of the venue and to give it more personality,” explained Sara Jo Harrison, the venue’s marketing and communications coordinator.

“We did a survey with people about the venue and one of the things that stood out was that they like the view, so a name that ties in with the river and glass could be an option.

“People also like the fact that we stand on the site of a former shipyard. Although we celebrate the glass heritage here, it might be nice to reflect the ship-building side of the city’s industrial heritage too.

We’re really open to suggestions, anything that reflects the history would be great, anything Sunderland-orientated, maybe a play on words, things to do with the location and view

Sara Jo Harrison, National Glass Centre

“We’re really open to suggestions, anything that reflects the history would be great, anything Sunderland-orientated, maybe a play on words, things to do with the location and view.”

She added: “We’re a cafe and restaurant that uses local produce and employs local people and we’re in a lovely area of the city, so it could be a name that ties all that together.

“We want the people of Sunderland to use us as a meeting place and cafe, which is why we decided to make them part of the naming process.”

As well as the restaurant getting a makeover, its menu choices will be redesigned.

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

“We have a really loyal business lunch audience,” said Sara Jo, “But we’d also like to encourage more mums and dads with young kids to use the venue, so we’ll have different areas that cater for everyone.

“We will also be building the events side. We’ve started hosting music and food nights as a more gourmet dining experience and they’ve proved really popular, so that’s something we will be continuing with.”

The restaurant was originally opened as Throwing Stones before becoming The Brasserie, which is operated by 1879 events, when the National Glass Centre reopened after a £2.3m refurbishment in 2013.

The entries for the new name will be whittled down to the top five, from which a panel of judges will choose the overall winning name for the restaurant that will be relaunched in the New Year.

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

The National Glass Centre's brasserie assistant manager Andrew Keegan with staff Angela Stramski, Karen Milne and chef Shaun Hurst

To enter all you have to do is email your name, your restaurant name suggestion and your contact details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Alternatively, you can comment on this story on the Echo or the Glass Centre Facebook page with your suggestion. Or send your entries to Glass Centre competition, Katy Wheeler, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.

Closing date: October 21.