Antler will be an ‘alpine ski lodge’-inspired bar and restaurant, which the pair hope to eventually roll out nationwide.
It is the brainchild of Adam and Chrysalis Leisure Group founder Gary Hutchinson, who have set up joint company PAGH Ventures to oversee the project.
The concept will open in the current Fat Buddha site at Newcastle’s 55 Degrees North, following a £750,000 investment to move the existing restaurant to the upper floors of the site.
Antler will offer an ‘exclusive brand’ of tank beer, alpine-themed dishes, with an in-house bakery and heated outdoor garden open year-round.
A licencing application green-lit by Newcastle City Council on 13 February will allow the site to serve alcohol until 3am on Thursday – Saturday.
Work on the development will begin imminently, with the opening scheduled for May.
“Mahiki is without a doubt one of the most exciting hospitality brands in the world and it is their style and ethos which people will see at Antler,” says Hutchinson.
“We will be offering their well-known drinks brands such as Mahiki Rum and Copper Dog Whisky as well as the signature Mahiki cocktails.
“Antler will be something entirely new for the North East and is the first of many plans for PAGH Ventures.
“We are hopeful of opening our next site before the end of 2018.”
Mahiki opened its first nightclub in London’s Mayfair in 2007 and the group has since expanded to Kensington and Manchester, as well as Dubai, Marbella and Sardinia.