A successful smokehouse restaurant is to take over the first floor of a historic city centre pub.
Longhorns, who specialise in barbecue meats, will open in The Dun Cow pub, High Street West, next month.
The restaurant already operates two popular venues in Newcastle, in Mosley Street and Jesmond, and bosses say their first Sunderland site appealed because of its location in the emerging cultural quarter.
The pub, being run by Camerons Brewery under its Head of Steam brand, is the first phase of plans to create a cultural quarter centred around the adjacent Old Fire Station.
Built in 1901, The Dun Cow’s historic features have earned it a ranking in Camra’s list of outstanding historical pubs. It was bought on behalf of the Sunderland MAC Trust last year after it went up for sale for £220,000.
Though the ground floor, famed for its Edwardian back bar, will remain unchanged, the first floor, which had been used as a function room, will be renovated in the style of Longhorns.
The restaurant, which smokes its meats off site at a unit in Ouseburn, Newcastle, will seat around 50, and the chain will also provide bar food in the pub downstairs
Chris Soley, director and general manager at Camerons said “We are delighted to announce a partnership with Longhorns to develop the food offering in our Dun Cow venue.
“Their brand of locally sourced premium smoked meats and bar snacks is the ideal fit for our diverse range of beers, wines and spirits. We have already started selling their selection of bar snacks in our Head of Steam site in Newcastle and we will continue to explore opportunities to work in conjunction with Longhorns at other venues in our retail pub estate.”