Central Oven and Shaker opens its doors
Central Oven and Shaker
An authentic taste of Italy set to open in Newcastle with rising star chef Andrea Muru running the kitchen at Central Oven and Shaker.
Crafted Projects – the company behind some of the city’s most popular bars and eateries – will open the 154-cover pizza and cocktail restaurant on Dec 8.
Muru will oversee the traditional imported wood-burning pizza oven and the authentic Neapolitan-style pizza menu at the prime location opposite Newcastle’s Central Station.
Central Oven and Shaker will be open early morning through until late at night, operating a deli-style take-out as well as the restaurant which has created 30 new jobs.
Pizzas will be served with craft beers, prosecco and carafes of cocktails in a laid-back atmosphere after significant investment to convert the former Lounge bar into a contemporary restaurant.
Muru moved to the UK in 2014 to pursue his passion, working in Manchester at the award-winning Ply Pizzeria where the team from Crafted Projects first met him and were so impressed they persuaded him to come to Newcastle.
He said: “I am delighted to be bringing a taste of my homeland to Tyneside. My team cannot wait to warmly welcome guests and give them an authentic culinary experience in a friendly, relaxed environment as well as provide top quality food to takeaway for busy commuters going to and from Central Station.”
Designed by Simon Mcilwraith of Collective Design, Central Oven and Shaker joins Crafted Project’s family of venues which include Pleased to Meet You, Lady Grey’s, Redhouse and the Hop & Cleaver.
The company is also behind ambitious plans to bring exciting new concepts in food and drink to the Grey Street area in the White Hart Yard complex.
Central Oven and Shaker’s General Manager Lucy Major said: “I am looking forward to leading a strong team and opening up in such a prominent and iconic location.”
“The concept will bring a new casual dining element to the city which is like nothing else seen before. It caters to a range of target markets from students to commuters to office lunch-goers.”
Crafted Projects director Barry Ladhar said: “We are delighted to have such a talented chef as Andrea Muru on board to launch Central Oven and Shaker. It fits in perfectly with our plans to grow the business through innovative, sophisticated eateries and bars.’
“We will be combining this authentic cooking style with the very best of local produce for both restaurant and takeaway customers.”
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