THE city’s newest restaurant, Sixteen, will hit the ground running when it officially opens on November 16 in the centre of Newport.

Niche Hospitality, which already has two establishments in Clarence Place, is adding the steak and chicken restaurant in High Street to its eclectic offering.

Sixteen, an sharing eatery at 16 High Street, will have a ‘soft’ launch on Monday, November 6, then a ‘full on opening' from Thursday, November 16.

Newport-based Niche Hospitality also successfully operates critically-acclaimed fine dining cocktails restaurant Mojo the FoodBar and the Riverside Bar and Kitchen in Clarence Place, Newport.

Niche Hospitality executive head chef Steve White, aged 41, previously head chef at the Ruperra Arms, Bassaleg, said: “The new restaurant has really caught people’s imagination since we announced it was to open.”

The multi-award winning chef, who starred at the recent Tiny Rebel Newport Food Festival, said: “We’ve been taking bookings even though diners have been unsure as to when the restaurant would be open. People have heard so much about Sixteen over recent months and they now really want to get in and see what we have to offer. We’ve also taken a number of big bookings for Christmas which is brilliant - it’s such a vote of confidence.”

Niche Hospitality co-owners Lewis Lewis and Seng Koh, said: “We believe our new restaurant will offer something really exciting and new for the city. The menu centres on first class steak sourced from around the world including Argentina and Wales, as well as supreme quality chicken. And it’s all prepared fresh and in house for convivial sharing.

“Paired with seasonal starters and gorgeous puddings Sixteen is ready to give a real boost to the independent restaurant scene in the city.”

Featuring three unique spaces including the lobby, the restaurant and the terrace, customers will also be encouraged to hire the entire venue for a special occasion.