‘Meat’ the new addition to Sunderland’s dining scene.
Ahead of Miller & Carter opening its doors at the former Harvester in Fulwell next week, the Echo was given an exclusive look around the new steakhouse.
The national chain has taken over the former Millers Inn - which is owned by the same hospitality group Mitchells and Butlers - and completely transformed the site.
More than 40 jobs have been created at the new restaurant which will seat 170 diners when it opens for business from lunchtime on Friday, June 23.
General manager Tony Arnold has come from the successful Miller & Carter in Newcastle to run the new business and says there’s been much anticipation for the opening.
“There’s been so much interest from people on social media and we are already fully booked for our dry run nights next week,” he said. “The booking went live at midday on our Facebook and we were fully booked by five past midday. For the opening night, on June 23, we have only a few places left. It seems people are really excited about us being here.”
Speaking about the steakhouse chain’s choice of site, he said: “Miller & Carter are constantly expanding and recognised there was a gap in the market in Sunderland for a restaurant like this.
“Aside from a few locations, including Newcastle and Leeds, Miller & Carter’s sites are primarily in suburban areas, instead of in city centres, and it works for them.”
He added: “I think people will be impressed with the new look. Everything has been completely changed, all that remains from the Harvester are the beams and the structure itself.”
Tony said the new staff have spent the past few weeks undergoing training on the art of steak, which has seen them visit the abattoir and butchers to learn how the steaks are prepared before they arrive at the restaurant.
Steaks featured on the menu include a 30oz tomahawk, 16oz chateaubriand and 8oz grain fed ribeye. A range of fish, pastas, grill dishes and burgers will also be available.