The former Quayside Las Iguanas will become a new “modern American” restaurant with “Riviera” seating


The old Las Iguanas restaurant on Newcastle’s Quayside is on its way to becoming a new American-inspired restaurant with a retractable “Riviera” seating area.

The site, which was a branch of the Spanish tapas chain La Tasca before the Latin American-themed Las Iguanas opened in 2016, is now taken over by Victors Restaurants.

It will become the fourth branch of Victors, which currently has restaurants in Hale, Alderley Edge and Oxford.

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Victors takes inspiration from the Hamptons – New York’s upscale beach community known for its affluent residents – and offers a menu of modern American shareable plates, including burgers, sushi, and raw bar platters.

The original Victors, in Hale, Greater Manchester, has become a favorite haunt for footballers, millionaires and famous faces.

The places are known for their distinctive interiors, draped from floor to ceiling in blooming wisteria.

Now, the new owners of the company say they want to “bring their elegant and relaxed style […] at Newcastle Quayside on the site formerly operated by Las Iguanas ”.

A business license application submitted to Newcastle City Council states: “Victors’ food offering is a modern American menu with a selection of large and small dishes, as well as a range of tapas-style dishes and platters. to share.”

The company says it wants to offer something similar to its “Riviera rooftop” terrace at its Oxford branch.

The request states: “Outside the main building, we will have a modern, enclosed and fully retractable ‘outside inside’ space, heated and seated. It will be fully automated with the push of a button.

“Our Quayside Riviera space will open up the roof and sides to allow air and sun to enter the space, adding to this atmospheric northeast location.”

He says the Oxford Restaurant has brunch, a children’s menu, Sunday roasts and afternoon tea, as well as an all-day menu.

The all day menu includes

  • Bites with a variety of snacks such as halloumi or padron peppers

  • Sushi rolls such as crispy duck or shrimp tempura sushi

  • Selection of sashimi and mixed menus (package selection £ 35 or £ 50)

  • Small plates include Li’l Burgers and Beef Tataki

  • From the grill – 1kg tomahawk rib eye to share for £ 62 or a grilled rib eye

  • Desserts such as pistachio cheesecake or raspberry Alaska

The app says, “We are a family run restaurant that is developing into a late night dining and bar environment.

“So while our core business is a restaurant focused on service and food, all of our establishments offer drinks without the purchase of food.

“Food will be available on site every day from 9 am to 12:30 pm. After 10:30 p.m. a more limited snack menu remains available, with things like green olives, pizzettes, small cold plates.

He adds: “Everything is going well with our application and the work schedule, we plan to be on site in October with an opening scheduled for late 2021 / early 2022.”

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