A 'for sale' sign has been seen outside a North East bar and restaurant following their closure announcement.

Meet at 12 on Norton High Stree announced it would be closing for the "foreseeable future" in a statement on their website in June.

A spokesperson cited the current financial climate as a key factor in deciding to close the venue.

A 'for sale' listing by estate agents Parker Barras has since been spotted on the storefront.

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The Northern Echo:

A Meet at 12 spokesperson said: "It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the closure of Meet at 12's restaurant operations for the foreseeable future.

"These challenging times have undeniably taken a toll on the hospitality industry, and unfortunately, the current financial climate has made it unfeasible for us to continue regular restaurant operations.

"We understand the impact this decision may have on our loyal customers, and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"We would also like to inform you that any Meet at 12 vouchers you may have will be redeemable against food and drinks at The Scruffy Duck.

"We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to visit The Scruffy Duck and continue to support Norton."

In another statement posted to their social media page in May, the venue said it was heartbreaking to potentially close another business, having shuttered Scrann in the same town in January.

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The restaurant is owned by businessman Barry Faulkner, who also owns other Norton businesses such as Canteen and Cocktails, The Scruffy Duck, and Banh Mi.

Meet at 12, was previously known as 12 Harland Place before undergoing a huge refurbishment.

Mr Faulkner's Canteen and Cocktails was also listed for sale with Parker Barras for £900,000.