Owner Farah Omar, 45, from Newcastle, said his restaurant Rocky’s would test an opening in Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland, on Sunday (October 15) and open fully to customers on Monday (October 16).
The store was originally called Zucca before it closed several years ago. There were plans to rebrand the restaurant under the Porky’s banner, but this did not pan out.
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Although the signage was in place, Mr. Omar decided to rework the existing letters and chose “Rocky’s,” which he said was influenced by the title character of Sylvester Stallone’s classic Rocky films.
He said he looks forward to welcoming his old customers back after his older restaurant closes.
“The opening will be on Sunday to see how the kitchen works, but the real grand opening will be on Monday where the full menu will be presented.”
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“The inside looks American, there are different walls with movie stars [on them]it’s mint.
“I just want to do it right, I opened it the first time, it worked well and everyone loved it.”
“It happens, I look forward to seeing everyone come and dine with us again.
Mr Omar added that the cost of living had created a difficult environment for everyone and said he had designed his menu to be affordable to combat this.
He added that the restaurant was decorated with a variety of movie posters featuring blockbuster actors such as Stallone and Schwarzenegger.
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He said he is currently looking for more chefs for the restaurant and said there will be openings for the right candidates.
He said the venue would open between 2pm and 3pm on Monday and close at 9pm.
The venue will then be open Tuesday to Thursday from 3pm to 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.