27 March 2024

THE OPPORTUNITY to dine out at a bargain price has proved too tempting to resist, leading to another highly successful Sunderland Restaurant Week.

The week-long event ended on Sunday ( 24 March) with more than 21,500 diners taking advantage of the special deals at dozens of restaurants, cafes and bars around the city.

And according to organisers, Sunderland BID, that has led to a tasty estimated economic impact of £646,440.

The twice-yearly experience has continued to go from strength to strength, bolstered by Sunderland’s fast-growing restaurant scene, with both new eateries and old favourites taking part.

The three most popular venues were: Rumour Has It at Green Terrace, House of Zen at Seaburn and Asiana, based at the Echo 24 building.

Ian Wong, owner of Asiana which has just undergone a major refurbishment prior to Sunderland Restaurant Week, said it had once again been a huge success.

“This can be traditionally a quiet time of year – after Mother’s Day and in the run-up to Easter – so restaurant week is a real boost,” he said.

“It was another really successful event and we were delighted to welcome so many diners into Asiana, many of whom were getting their first opportunity to see its new look.”

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, said that restaurant week continued to make a huge impact.

“We have so many great places to eat and so many new restaurants and bars opening that it’s fantastic to be able to give people from the city and beyond the opportunity to try them,” she said.

“The many different cuisines that are now available in Sunderland means that the event has a real international flavour and is drawing an audience from far and wide.

“Sunderland Restaurant Week makes a considerable economic impact and that doesn’t take into account the fact that – once they’ve visited – many people come back time and time again throughout the year.

“We look forward to the event returning again in September when hopefully we will have even more dining experiences available for people to try.”