Good news this week that Barn Asia – recently closed – has been rescued! The fact that they are keeping the same chefs and staff is always a good sign. Hopefully they can turn it’s fortunes around and we will visit soon again. Here’s the PR:

Top Newcastle restaurant is ‘born’ again 

A renowned restaurant in Newcastle city centre which fell victim to the recession has been given a new lease of life thanks to a loyal customer.

Barn Asia in Waterloo Square was sadly forced to close earlier this year due to financial difficulties, but will re-open under new ownership as Electric East on December 7.

Electric East will offer a familiar range of innovative and high class dishes from Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand for which the former restaurant won a Remy Martin Award for Excellence, as well as a place in The Times Top 100 Best Restaurant list.

Phil Collerton, an IT consultant from Gosforth, who was a regular diner at Barn Asia, stepped in to help when he read about the closure.

Phil said: “Barn Asia was one of my favourite restaurants and I’m glad to be able to bring it to life again through the launch of Electric East. Though the restaurant will be under new ownership and have a new name, with the help of Mark Lagun and the talented chefs it will continue to provide the excellent contemporary South East Asian dining experience in a vibrant setting that I and many others loved, as exemplified by the awards.”

Mark Lagun has worked in the Newcastle restaurant industry since the age of 16, having opened several ‘Barn’ restaurants around the city throughout his career. He said: “I’m so pleased to have Phil on board and to help him with his new venture. Prior to opening we will be refining the menus and testing new dishes to make sure Electric East is even more creative and pushing the dining experience forward. I still believe that this offers something unique to this city – nobody else is doing what we’re doing with this style of food to this standard.”

The restaurant features Vietnamese furnishings and artwork, a luxurious lounge and an extensive outside dining area, and is available for private functions. Dishes include scallops with pork and peanut caramel, and the delicious Vietnamese Shaking Beef.

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