It’s fantastic news for foodies – Doncaster is going to get two new restaurants.
And, although the leisure spend is still in short supply as the county heads out of recession, the owners of both new ventures are bullish about their prospects as they promise to bring something to Donny’s dining scene.
Ian Bailey, landlord of the Masons Arms, will be opening a new venue on Market Street with wife Jackie.
The new dining hot spot will be called No 7 @ the rum rooms, and will serve fusion food.
Ian said: “We’re aiming to open in the first week of December. It’s a bit of a challenge but one we’re really looking forward to.
“Our chef has worked in several Michelin starred restaurants and what we’re aiming for is simply good food, cooked very well.
“The basics will be in English food but we’ll be including influences from all over the world.
“I think there’s space for a quality place to eat in Doncaster – a lot of the menus you see around town are all very good, but it’s very samey, they’re not very inspiring.
“We want to offer something a bit different and a bit more cutting edge.”
Also bringing the shock of the new to town is Sunny Tunc, whose new venture the Mezze Bar and Grill opens on Nether Hall road on the site of the former Royal Dragon Chinese restaurant on November 15.
Sunny, who has lived in the UK for ten years and has managed five restaurants in that time, said: “The potential for Mediterranean food in Doncaster is really high at the moment.
“We’re going to bring a different style of restaurant to town – we want to entertain you as well as feed you.”
As part of its agenda to amuse Mezze will feature belly dancing every Friday and Saturday plus traditional dancing and music from across the Med during the week.
“We want our customers to have fun,” Sunny said. “we don’t want to be just a sit down sort of place.
“I also think our place will be more authentic than other places – we’ll be offering something others don’t. I’m Turkish but we won’t be doing just Turkish food, there will dishes from all over the Mediterranean.”
Sunny and his team have already spent over £100,000 refurbishing their spot on Nether Hall and the decor has been designed in-house.
“This is a very personal project for us – we’ve put our heart and soul into it and I think people will realise that when they come here to eat.
“We have a bar licence too, so if you just want a pint, you’ll be very welcome.”