Smiths Front of House Ltd (SFoH), part of Cedabond, has completed the design and supply consultancy to La Yuan restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Derek Smith from the catering firm led the project, alongside Joshy Jin who opened the Szechuan food-focused restaurant.

Smith believes that SFoH offers a unique service to restaurateurs and provides a full design and costing service, allowing a client to shop around for the best value of equipment and labour.

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SFoH also claim to quote alongside any other companies and if successful will reimburse all or part of the design and costing fees.

Smith and Jin worked for more than 14 months looking for a suitable venue and finally settled on a site in Gallowgate close to St James Park football ground and on the edge of the famous ‘China Town’ in Stowell Street.

They met when Smith was mentoring business students at Newcastle University and Jin expressed a wish to open a “restaurant with a difference”.