Shaun Hurrell, who is opening Barrio Comida in Durham.
Tegan Chapman

Newcastle foodie makes pop-up restaurant a permanent fixture for Durham

A pop-up restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside will open as a restaurant in the heart of Durham next month.

Barrio Comida opened on the city’s Quayside in December 2016, and now owner and chef Shaun Hurrell is opening his own restaurant inspired by the success of his initial venture.

Shaun, who worked for Michelin-starred chefs Marcus Wareing and Fergus Henderson in London, is taking the brand to Durham, making significant investment in a site on Church Street to create a two-floor social venue and an estimated 25 jobs.

The restaurant, which will comprise a ground floor taquiera, sizeable outdoor patio area and a basement with a bar and table to seat 16 to 18 people, is set to open next month.

Shaun said: “We are taking inspiration from our previous site and are keeping all the best things we did in Newcastle, but are now taking it up a level.

“We did the best we could with our surroundings on the Quayside, but now we have the premises to achieve what we want.

“We are investing significantly to create something gastronomic which offers the best experience and atmosphere.

“I have worked in high-end restaurants where none of my friends could ever afford to come in and eat, so it has long been my belief that you can create a great product at a good price.”

Shaun has been supported in securing his licence by law firm Sintons, and was represented by head of licensing Sarah Smith.

Sarah added: “Barrio Comida built an excellent reputation during its time on Newcastle Quayside with its food and laid-back style won it a strong and loyal following.

“It will come as great news that the brand is now back in a new, permanent site in Durham. Shaun is investing significant amounts of time, effort and funds to create something truly special that builds on the great success of his previous venture, and I have no doubt that his opening will be one of the most eagerly-awaited of the year.”

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