Darlington street food SALT launches new Italian restaurant

A POPULAR Darlington street food restaurant and takeaway business is expanding by launching an all-new Italian-style menu.

SALT street food kitchen and bar has established an extensive local and social media network while operating out of its Grange Road restaurant in downtown Darlington.

Its expansive menu of hearty burgers, bao buns and loaded fries has won over locals, while its take-out service has helped spread the company further in the northeast.

It was this success that led the owners to launch Dough, a new branch offering pizza, “beautiful pasta dishes“, charcuterie and other Italian accompaniments.

A taste of what’s on the menu is already being teased on social media with lasagna, beef cheek stew and pizzas with Barbacoa beef and charred zucchini and leeks.

Speaking about the decision to expand the business, one of the owners, Aaron Walbourne, said: “We really love the food and we have an experienced team with really talented staff.

“It gives them the opportunity to branch out a bit. We don’t want to put all our eggs in one basket and just be a food service venue. SALT absolutely flies, but there is nothing wrong with growing.

Launching and sustaining new businesses has been a struggle for many city residents over the past two years, but SALT has thrived, Aaron says.

“Since lockdown, business has been flying for us and it’s not slowing down, so the launch of Dough complements the business well. The restaurant has its own location and we want to offer more high quality takeaway food to people.

The self-proclaimed food fanatics on the team behind SALT, which includes Aaron’s brother Mitchell, Thomas Mammolotti and Will and James Hickerson, all benefit from being among the food scene for the latest trends and must-have cuisines. And it was this expertise that led them to launch Dough,

Aaron said: “I think, ‘What are the things I crave?’ I’m taking that idea and creating a concept and a business that revolves around that. You can create the best food in the world, but if it’s not marketed properly it’s not as good as it could be and that’s It’s a real shame. It’s being aware of market trends and what people want.

The food will be available for delivery and from its soon-to-be-revealed location, which is helped by the fact that the company already has the appropriate facilities. Its take-out service operates from a kitchen and site separate from the restaurant and is where Dough will be based.

L'Écho du Nord: beef cheek ragout with parsley breadcrumbs, parmesan shavings and parsley oil.beef cheek stew with parsley breadcrumbs, parmesan shavings and parsley oil.

An official announcement with full launch details is expected in about two to three weeks. For now, it’s all about promoting the Dough as much as possible on social media.

“We are rolling out social posts every day to let people know what we are doing to build our reputation and our product and I hope people think this is another welcome addition to Darlington,” Aaron added.

“I didn’t think the business would be as successful as it is. There was a lot of hard work and passion.

“The lockdown has benefited us and given me and my brother time to step back and rebrand the business and that’s when we flourished.

The Northern Echo: The SALT TeamThe SALT team

“We’re Darlo guys, we’ve lived here all our lives and we’re very passionate about the town and proud to make it better. We want to make Darlington a better place in the dining scene and we think we’re doing a good job right now.

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