STACK line-up confirmed as venue prepares for Bank Holiday opening
The final line-up of bars, eateries and lifestyle businesses has been revealed, as the countdown begins for the opening of STACK Seaburn.
Danieli Holdings, the business behind the hotly anticipated leisure venue, has shared details of the traders that will be opening their doors, when STACK springs into life later this month.
The businesses will take their own units within the trendy new space, which is built from shipping containers that are assembled to make an enclosed village that can operate in all weather conditions. Only a few lifestyle units remain available, with the owners keen to hear from barbers, tattooists, bike repair or hire shops or yoga operators interested in joining the quirky line-up.
The food and drink providers signed up are:
Downey’s Fish & Chips – serving the best locally produced fish & chips in the area
Acropolis – multi award winning Greek street food
Chapos Tacos - traditional Mexican street food made from family recipes passed down through generations
Boojie Burger – classic American burgers, smashed and stacked full of flavour
Yolo Coffee & Kitchen – serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and great tasting coffee
Healthy Thaim - Healthy food with a Thai twist
Farah’s Italiano – Italian street food serving fresh homemade pasta and Piadina’s
Holy Duck - Loaded duck fries and wraps galore
Longhorns Smokehouse – all about the meat – rubbed, pulled, BBQ’d and more
ZZA Pizzeria – classic Italian thin and crispy pizzas
The Little Cakery – providing delicious treats ranging from homemade cakes and traybakes to fresh scones and gourmet brownies
Barley & Me
Yolo (Wine & Cocktail Bar)
Hop House 13
The Gin Cabinet (Gin Bar).
And they’ll be joined by lifestyle businesses including Woofs n Scruffs, and a dog grooming business that has self-serve baths and dog supplies, as well as Games Cabin, a computer gaming venue.
Neill Winch, CEO at Danieli Holdings, said he was proud to bring the STACK concept to his hometown of Sunderland following the schemes success in Newcastle.
He said: “I’m delighted with the line-up of businesses we have been able to bring to STACK Seaburn. It really is testament to the confidence people have in the STACK concept that so many street food traders and lifestyle companies have signed up to take a unit during what has been the most challenging period imaginable for the sector. “
“STACK offers a unique experience to customers, which ensures they keep coming back time and time again. The variety of food, drink and services on offer makes the place vibrant and welcoming all year round. And with a full line up of entertainment planned to include; live music, quizzes, dog days and wellness events, there is something for everyone.
The container scheme is also well suited to operating under the current circumstances with social distancing measures in place, Neill added, “the fact we are essentially an outdoor venue and we can space the tables out to ensure social distancing, gives people the confidence they can come out to socialise and feel safe at the same time.”
“Pre-bookings, table service and covid marshall’s have all worked well to keep customers safe at our Newcastle scheme, and we will be introducing the same Covid operating procedures at Stack Seaburn.”
Many of the businesses that have signed up to take space in STACK are Sunderland traders, keen to take advantage of the stunning seaside location which enjoys excellent footfall throughout the year.
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “We have a stunning seaside that will be greatly enhanced by the arrival of this exciting line-up of traders, who will bring something new and different to the area.
“STACK’s success demonstrates the growing confidence that businesses have in this city. Residents are fiercely proud of our seaside and they support it, and visitors are increasingly attracted to the area - and we’ll continue to see that appeal grow, as we create a better offer for families and friends to enjoy.
“Along with the arrival of the new Seaburn Inn next year; improvements to old heritage buildings that will be reimagined as additional retail venues; and the next phase of Pier Point in Roker, we are seeing the jewel in the city’s crown really start to shine. With so much positive development here, it’s a brilliant time to live, work and play in Sunderland.”
STACK is one of a number of positive seaside developments set to move forward, transforming the area into a vibrant place to live and play. On the site of the former Pullman Lodge, work has started on The Seaburn Inn, a new 40-bedroom pub with rooms being built by multi-award-winning Inn Collection Group. The inn with rooms, which will include an outdoor family play area for customers to enjoy, is the latest development from North East headquartered Inn Collection Group, which also has inns in Blyth, Amble, The Lake District, Alnwick and Bamburgh.
And peppered along the coastline stand a number of under-used and historic buildings, which are also set to be transformed with more than £800k committed to bring them back into use. Plans will see a former toilet block at Roker, along with the former Bay Shelter and the old tram shelter at Seaburn, transformed into cafés and restaurants, and 12 beach huts will also be added along the seafront. This will build on stunning landscaping works undertaken within the last decade, which saw new sculptures and public art take shape.
A new housing scheme is also moving ahead at Seaburn, after the council signed a deal with Avant Homes to develop land to the rear of STACK.