That’s right, you heard it here first, US-born chicken brand Slim Chickens is winging its way up north to rule the roost of the regional foodie scene, as they prepare to open their first branch in the North East at Metrocentre; a destination set to be the hottest ticket in town.

‘Slims’ as it is affectionately known, is quickly building a reputation as one of the up-and-coming restaurant brands in the UK and has chosen the Metrocentre as its first dining destination in the North East - marking its 14th UK opening - on Thursday 19th August, when it will throw open the doors. At Slims, everything is Always Fresh, Always Welcome.

Famous for chicken tenders and huge in the USA, Slim Chickens offers good old Southern Hospitality serving up cooked-to-order premium chicken, with a side of Blues music - creating a relaxed, casual but memorable experience.

With family seating, intimate tables, booths, and large platters cooked-to-order and brought to your table in less than 10 minutes, diners can choose the brand’s signature buttermilk-marinated chicken and house specialties including crispy tenders alongside a huge range of 15 dipping sauces. These include Slim’s signature sauces, Blue Cheese, Ranch, Honey BBQ, Sriracha Garlic and the fiery Inferno – with serious heat!

Also on offer is a wide selection of fresh chicken sandwiches, wings, salads and wraps as well as sides such as fried pickles and mac’n’cheese. Drinks include hand-spun shakes in flavours such as Oreo, popcorn and caramel, a Slims’ IPA and unique cocktails like the Corn Star Martini and Whiskey Smash. Food and great tasting drinks are served up alongside BT Sport, with US sports, Premier League and Champions League shown.

Opening in the popular retail and leisure destination, Slims delivers on every aspect of customer service, working keenly with the local community. It’s set to serve over 100,000 students in the region alongside residents and tourists visiting the North East this summer, as well as appealing to families who have a crowd to feed, those who fancy taking a night off from cooking and people who want to meet up with friends and bring satisfying conversation to equally satisfying food.

You’ll find Slims occupying 3488 sq ft in the Upper Qube of the dining quarter of the Metrocentre. Not only is Slims the latest go-see, it will also boost the local economy through the creation of 50 jobs, offering excellent team training and career progression.

The restaurant can seat more than 100 diners, and everyone can take advantage of the Slim Chickens UK app offer, which gives a 20 per cent discount on the first visit, plus loyalty rewards – three wings after three visits, free tenders after six and a free meal after ten. Set meals offer exceptional value with three tenders, three wings, Texas toast fries, house sauce and bottomless soda priced £10.95. Home delivery is also available via Deliveroo, Just Eat, Uber Eats or click and collect.

Ben Cox of Sovereign Centros, Senior Asset Manager for Metrocentre commented: “Slim Chickens is a welcome addition to the Qube complementing our existing line up of local independents and national brands which reflects current consumer demand.

“Slims has chosen Metrocentre to make their regional debut highlighting the centre’s attractiveness as a complete shopping, dining, and leisure destination. Having seen their popularity elsewhere we know our customers will enjoy the fresh new offer that Slim Chickens will bring.

“We’ve seen some fantastic additions to the centre’s line up since lockdown ended in April, and welcomed a range of brands both big and small including our most recent additions Rituals Cosmetics and Tag Heuer Boutique."

Pop in and visit Slim Chickens and share the excitement and look out for the hand-painted guitar themed on local landmarks.

Slim’s opening at the Metrocentre will see everyone grabbing a tender bite of the hottest chicken in town because Slims is more than a name or destination – it’s a vibrant community… with great taste!