Sunderland’s newest restaurant will open its doors in less than a fortnight.
Last week, it was revealed that Longhorns BBQ Smokehouse, which already operates successful branches in Newcastle, will be taking over the first floor of the historic Dun Cow pub.
The new Longhorns, which was formerly used as a function room, will open for business on December 4, creating up to 12 jobs at the city centre venue.
Inspired by American smokehouses, the bosses at Longhorns chose the site due to its location in the city’s emerging cultural quarter, centred around the forthcoming transformation of the Old Fire Station into a restaurant, theatre and dance space.
Longhorns will work in partnership with Camerons Brewery who took over the Edwardian pub last year.
Mick Dixon, owner of Longhorns BBQ Smokehouse, said: “Following the success of our first Longhorns in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant city centre, the arrival of Longhorns Jesmond in the summer, and a host of events around the North East, we feel it is the right time to develop our successful brand into new areas in the region.
“We are excited that our BBQ Smokehouse concept will collaborate with Camerons at the historical site, The Dun Cow. Whilst the ground floor, famed for its Edwardian decor and back bar will remain, the upstairs will provide centre stage for Texas BBQ.
“The upstairs will be fully renovated in the style of Longhorns’ instantly recognisable concept. The business has already recruited for the site that will create 8-12 new jobs.”