The brothers behind the popular SALT restaurant in Darlington will open a new Italian business in the covered market


The brothers behind one of Darlington’s most popular restaurants are preparing to bring their exciting new business – Dough – to the town’s revamped covered market.

Offering pizza, pasta dishes, charcuterie and other Italian accompaniments, Dough is hoped to start serving market customers next month.

The new venture is the brainchild of owners and directors Aaron and Mitchell Walbourne whose SALT – Street Food Kitchen & Bar continues to top the charts on customer review site Trip Advisor.

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SALT, which opened two years ago, has taken the city by storm with locals and visitors flocking to the Grange Road restaurant to try its popular burgers, bao buns and burritos.

Dough will offer “Italian cuisine with a twist” to add to the international cuisine already on offer in the market – which features six street food huts.

A delighted Aarron said: ‘We launched SALT two years ago and it’s really booming but we don’t want to rest on our laurels, now is the time to branch out and launch Dough at the Darlington Indoor Market is an exciting prospect.

“We have a passion for Italian food, so this is the perfect opportunity to take that passion and put our own style on it – it’s Italian food with a twist, and you’ll find plenty of variety and high quality using, where we can use local suppliers or ship from Italy.

“We are Darlington boys and being able to contribute something that not only boosts the culinary scene but benefits the region as a whole fills us with pride.

“The indoor market location is perfect for us and will also allow us to offer lunchtime trading which SALT doesn’t really do, it’s a market with so much history and character and c It is a privilege to be able to complete multicultural food in a single space.

“Food is a mood and there’s so much to choose from here.”

Inside Darlington Market after the first phase of the refurbishment

Aaron added that the new venture will also create around 10 new jobs ranging from chefs to hospitality.

Darlington Covered Market is currently in the second phase of a major redevelopment which hopes to breathe new life into the traditional Victorian market.

Market Asset Management (MAM), which leases the building from Darlington Council, has already seen the opening of an independent street trader, bar – Market Tap and events stage in August this year last.

A MAM spokesperson said: “We are delighted to welcome such passionate and reputable traders who share our vision of making Darlington Market a place of destination for locals and the wider region.

Some of the food that will be offered at Dough when it opens
Some of the food that will be offered at Dough when it opens

“When Dough launched on his social media, he hit 2,000 followers overnight.

“This is a brand new concept that will launch its physical presence in the Market Hall, and we are thrilled to be working with local people who share our vision and have already contributed so much to Darlington.

“The amazing food reflects the quality, localism and high standards the hall is built on.”

It is hoped that Dough can start trading in the market in February.

New Dough business hopes to open in Darlington Maket in February
New Dough business hopes to open in Darlington Maket in February

The store fronts and units are currently undergoing an overhaul with renovations to both the clock tower and the central entrances, with new doors, better lighting and heated curtains giving people a gentle breath of warm air as part of a warm welcome included in the plan.

A new Temperate Garden is set to open in phase three as part of a redesign of the East Row elevation as part of its third and final phase of redevelopment.

The temperate garden with a huge outdoor feel – will also include the redevelopment of large sections of the market vaults.

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