STACK Newcastle: New location, layout and opening date confirmed by much-loved business

Many Geordies were upset at the closure of STACK Newcastle earlier this year but now the business it coming back to Tyneside.

STACK Newcastle as confirmed details plans to make a permanent return to Newcastle next winter at a new site on Pilgrim Street after its sad closure last year.

The popular business just off Northumberland Street announced it would be shutting its doors for good in March this year with business owners "extremely sad" at the news. The closure was forced as a result of the major Pilgrim Quarter development in the city centre.

Geordies also shared their heartbreak at the food and drink hub shutting down, but those STACK fans will now rejoice as the business will return to a Grade II listed building Worswick Chambers on Pilgrim Street in 2023. The building has been covered with scaffolding and netting for more than 20 years and will now have new life breathed into it.

The new flagship venue will be split over three floors and include eight bars, seven street food units and two cocktail bars, which will also be utilised as function rooms along with a roof terrace. It will also include a central outdoor plaza area, a big screen and a stage for live performances.

When complete the new STACK Newcastle will create 160 jobs and will bring back to the city the much-loved leisure village which has been missed since the Pilgrim Street site shut to make way for the new HMRC office complex.

Neill Winch, CEO of Danieli Group, who own STACK, said: “We know how much people miss not having a STACK in Newcastle so we are concentrating our efforts on creating what will become a flagship site back where STACK first began. Work is well underway on the scheme with a view to being open in winter 2023.”

The announcement that STACK Newcastle will return comes as the group announced they won't be running a pop-up event in the city this summer. Danieli Group applied to Newcastle City Council for permission to create a temporary container village at a site in the Stephenson Quarter, behind Central Station and next to the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

However, following local objections to the pop-up, the company has decided to withdraw its application and now fully concentrate on the creation of the new development.

STACK Newcastle will be back in the city next year
STACK Newcastle will be back in the city next year
STACK Newcastle will be back in the city next year

When STACK Newcastle announced its closure earlier this year, the Facebook post harbouring the bad news received an eye-watering 2,000 comments from customers in under an hour. People wrote that 'Newcastle will never be the same again', 'gutted' and 'why am I crying'.

The accompanying caption from STACK Newcastle at the time read: “We know that the closure of STACK will also mean the closure of your favourite independent street food/retail businesses. However, we strongly believe they have all created offerings that will continue to thrive as they move on from STACK to the next part of their journey. We hope you will continue to support them at their other locations or new venues in the future. We have 6 weeks ahead to make the most of the time we have left at Pilgrim Street.

“We will be hosting a month-long closing party throughout April, culminating with one all mighty final bank holiday weekend at STACK from Sat 30 – Monday 2 May. We hope you will all join us over the next 6 weeks to celebrate everything we have become famous for – great street food, great entertainment, and a great atmosphere.

STACK closes on Monday (Image: Getty Images)
STACK closes on Monday (Image: Getty Images)
STACK closes on Monday (Image: Getty Images)

“The good times would not have been possible without you – THANK YOU for making STACK your own. So, wipe your eyes, grab your mates and head to STACK for our final farewell dates.”