A popular Pan-Asian chain has unveiled the date it will come to a North East retail and leisure park.

Wagamama has announced it will be opening its new store on December 4 at Teesside Park after signs went up two weeks ago.

The new restaurant will be open seven days a week and will create 70 new jobs, bringing the company's number of venues to a total of 159 restaurants across the UK.

The new restaurant has been designed for 126 internal covers and 26 external covers.

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Milly Pearson, regional marketing manager for the north, said: “We are so excited to open the doors to our brand new restaurant in Teesside.

"Our benches will soon be welcoming the local community and visitors to the shopping destination and we can’t wait to serve up our newest menu launch and fresh favourites!

"Our fantastic new team have been working hard to ensure we’ll bring our much loved Wagamama experience to our guests and they’re so excited to land in their beautiful new restaurant once works are complete.

"We are also delighted to be working once again with The Bread and Butter Thing to provide their members with exclusive events.”

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The Teesside location will serve up classic guest favourites, including chicken katsu, ramen and iconic side dishes on their 50% plant-based menu. 

Its latest opening will also offer the new Korean-inspired menu including the brand's first-ever hot pots, with chicken, steak or silken tofu simmering in a spicy broth with seasonal vegetables and tteokbokki.

The new location's opening hours are:

Wagamama Teesside opening hours:

Monday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Tuesday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday – 11:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday – 11:00am – 11:00pm
Sunday – 11:00am – 10:00pm

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Catherine Furlong, Centre Director at Teesside Park, said: “It’s great that the first wagamama in the region is opening here at Teesside Park.

"It is going to be a brilliant addition and we know it will prove very popular with visitors.

"We’re looking forward to the doors opening in December, the perfect timing for people to grab a bite to eat between Christmas shopping or for meals with family and friends during the festive season!”