A new Korean-inspired restaurant is set to open in the North East next week. 

Korean-inspired eatery Grounded Kitchen will open its doors on Monday 12 December at the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.

Offering a range of healthy but fast menu options, the restaurant is bound to tantalise tastebuds with its Korean-inspired dishes. This is the 11th restaurant in Grounded Kitchen's portfolio and will create 30 new jobs in the centre.

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This comes following a raft of shop and eatery closures at the Metrocentre, such as JG Windows, Next Home and Beauty, and Joules, leaving some customers worried about the future of the shopping centre. 

But the successful food chain promises to bring  "punchy flavours and feel-good food" to their new venue, after developing a dedicated customer base in other regions. 

The Korean-inspired food chain claims to be both "intense and authentic", with a range of options - from veg-heavy nourish bowls, to meatier options, such as bao, bulgogi and buldak. 

Franchise director Ralph Llanwarne said: "We’re very excited about opening our first store in Gateshead.

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"We pride ourselves on delivering meals so tasty that people forget that our basic focus is on a healthy balance, and we are delighted that the local community will now be able to experience our Korean Nourish Bowls at Grounded Kitchen for themselves."

The 1,320-square-foot store will seat 44 diners, as well as create up to 30 new jobs in the centre.

Customers can choose to eat in or take away, plus there’s a delivery service through partners Deliveroo. Store opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10:30 am to 10 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am to 9 pm.

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