Sunderland Association Football Club aka SAFC subsidiary 1879 Events Management have today announced that they have won the contract to run the restaurant at The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL when it re-opens in the summer. Formerly the Throwing Stones restaurant, the new eatery will be part of a £2.25million investment programme in the Glass Centre which includes remodelled galleries and improved educational facilities at the centre.
The National Glass Centre was taken over by the University of Sunderland in 2010 with it’s redevelopment supported by Arts Council England through it’s award of a £750,000 improvement grant. The Heritage Lottery Fund also backed the redevelopment of the centre, providing £250,000 towards improvements. Director of the National Glass Centre James Bustard commented “Everyone involved in the redevelopment of the centre is thoroughly enthused about the reopening in the summer, and about its future success. We are extremely confident that the new-look centre will further enhance the region’s cultural offer while helping to reinforce ourselves as the leading centre for glass in the UK.”
It is hoped that “a first-class food offering will help strengthen visitor numbers, which can only benefit the city as a whole.” – Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at SAFC. “1879 Events Management is delighted to be providing such an important service to National Glass Centre at such an exciting time in its development. We’re proud to be in partnership with both National Glass Centre and the university on this venture.” The opening of the restaurant, to be named National Glass Centre Brasserie, is scheduled for summer 2013. It hopes to attract lovers of high-quality food and to be added to the list of premium restaurants in the region. Both daytime and evening menus are to be heavily influenced by local and regional fayre. A first class food offering is also expected to help strengthen visitor numbers which can only benefit the city of Sunderland as a whole.