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Fenwick Food Hall
Newcastle upon Tyne
Fenwick Food Hall is new home to South East Asian street food
The chance of a partnership with a restaurateur of Terry Laybourne’s standing was one not to be passed up and this represented the ideal opportunity for us to be able to establish our own business. However, there was still a significant financial commitment needed and so we turned to TEDCO Steve Kirby
Steve and Parichat Somsri-Kirby opened Ko Sai, based in the multi-million-pound new look Fenwick Food Hall, specialises in South East Asian street food, serving up a menu inspired by Parichat’s childhood in Thailand – packed with ingredients such as kaffir lime, lemongrass, fiery chillies and galangal. The contemporary menu show-cases dishes from Vietnam, Cambodia, China and Thailand.
Ko Sai features an open kitchen arrangement allowing diners to see the dishes being created, echoing her own experience of watching her mother and aunt cook whilst growing up.
The Start & Grow programme, provided bespoke advice on a number of commercial, accountancy and legal considerations that they would need to take into account in order to enter into a partnership agreement. TEDCO also worked with the pair to help them secure individual loans with Virgin StartUp.
Having successfully secured finance, the couple were able to invest in state-of-the-art equipment for the kitchen. Steve and Parichat are looking to build upon Ko Sai’s success with thoughts turning to potential future expansion.
Steve said “Street food is one of the hottest food trends and Asian cuisine has always been a popular choice amongst those looking for vibrant and flavoursome dishes. The early days of Ko Sai have given us huge confidence that this is a concept which we will be able to replicate both in a pop- up Asian kitchen format – and the creation of a destination restaurant and we are excited about how we can now take our ideas forward and build upon the success of our first venture.”