Stirks Butchers to open steak restaurant

Sunderland-based Stirks Butchers is set to branch out into a new venture as it takes over a local pub and converts it into a steakhouse.

Stirks was set up seven years ago by John Stirk, who bought his first store in Grangetown, Sunderland at the age of 24.

Since then, Stirks Butchers has grown from one to three stores and from three members of staff to 30. Each week, Stirks produces between 2,500 to 3,000 meat packs and 20,000 links of sausage.

Embracing the 21st century, the company has the largest following on social media of an independent company within the north east, with 60,000 likes on its Facebook page.

Stirk, along with business partner Richard Cooney, will be taking over The Wavendon pub and, following a five-week refurbishment, will reopen it as The Broadway.

He said: I am delighted to be restoring The Wavendon to its former glory. We really want to make it a place locals want to visit. I know what it takes to make a business successful and I know my customer base inside out. Were excited to be offering not just the people of Sunderland a place to relax and enjoy some great food and drink.

Cooney said: Ive 25 years of experience in the licensed trade industry and 19 years of this was with Vaux brewery. I couldnt be happier to be taking on this new venture with John. Im a local lad and used to live on The Broadway when I was a young boy, so taking over The Wavendon really is a dream come true for me.

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