BOSSES of a brand new restaurant have provided an update as it remains just weeks away from making its debut in Durham City.

Those in charge of Turtle Bay's upcoming restaurant in The Riverwalk development have said they have now successfully filled the vast majority of roles. 

It has also said that plans to open the Caribbean-themed venue in October remain on track with an official date "just around the corner."

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Bosses previously said around 50 front and back-of-house jobs were due to be created once officially open. 

But this week, it said it had now made 38 new appointments and revealed the face behind the name who will be leading the new venue.

The Northern Echo: Ex Teesside University student and now general manager, Ryan Sullivan Ex Teesside University student and now general manager, Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan, who previously ran Turtle Bay restaurants in Leeds and York and is a graduate of Teesside University, said twelve roles including bartenders and waiters still remained vacant.

He said: “With our opening just around the corner, we’re excited to welcome our new team members, start training and prepare to turn up the heat on the Durham dining scene.

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"We have 12 roles to fill and we’d love to hear from anyone who’d like to have fun at work and make people happy."

Earlier this month, more than 200 job hopefuls took part in team-building exercises, informal interviews and Dragon’s Den style pitches over two auditions days at the Radisson Blu Hotel Durham.

Split over two storeys, the restaurant is set to serve up signature cocktails, bottomless brunch and Caribbean dishes in what bosses have said will be a "laid-back" atmosphere.

The chain, which runs more than 40 such venues across the country, also operates other Turtle Bay sites in the North East, with restaurants in Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture, the interior is set to feature a central island bar, open kitchen, flaming jerk-pit and grill as well as indoor veranda seating.

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