A POPULAR local restaurant chain is expanding and opening up a new venue in a coastal town.

Stockton’s famous The George Pub and Grill has been attracting many people to the town for years, but now it expanding to Redcar.

Many go for the massive amounts of food, and its food challenges that are known globally.

However, owner Craig Harker has confirmed he is opening a new Redcar restaurant to bring his style of food to a new audience.

Mr Harker said: “Redcar one year ago I started looking for a site in Redcar.

"I had a Facebook page, and it went viral with a lot of followers in 24 hours. There seemed to be a need for a George style restaurant in the town.

"The first place I applied for fell through but because of the buzz, I persisted.

"When this place came available, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity, it was the perfect place.

"It is in the centre of town, one minute walk from the beach, one minute from the Redcar Beacon.

"It is close to the bus station and all the bars, so people can really make a day of it."

The restaurant will seat 30 and Mr Harker is expecting it to be fully booked in the first couple of weeks of operation.

The restaurant will start operations on Sunday, September 5, however, will only operate a takeaway service until the inside and out is redecorated in the George Style.

The restaurant will open for eating in in the middle of September. It is also offering a free meal to anyone who dines at the restaurant who is over 25 stone.

Mr Harker added: “Redcar is about to see a lot more whales.

“We don’t judge people by their size, we welcome big eaters and big people.

“We will be running big eater competitions.

“None of the meals we make or any of the food in the restaurant goes to waste, we hate waste.

“We donate anything we have left at the end of the day, either to single parents who want a free meal or someone’s nana who lives on her own.”

The restaurant is currently recruiting and there are 15 positions available but are filling fast.

To apply call 01642 673262.

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