WestQuay Watermark welcomes the 'Devastator Challenge' as two restaurants add names to venue

SOUTHAMPTON’s new food and leisure complex Watermark has announced the two latest additions to its restaurant portfolio. 

The American saloon-inspired restaurant Red Dog will open on Tuesday followed by Mexican eatery Wahaca, in early January. 

Red Dog, which will be in a 3,506 sq. ft unit located on the lower promenade, promises an authentic American eating experience, with portion sizes to match.

Only those with an enormous appetite should tackle the ‘Devastator Challenge’; three 6oz steak burger patties served with 200g of pulled pork, six applewood smoked bacon rashers and six slices of cheese. 

The menu of burgers, ribs and chicken wings also includes a huge selection of imported American beers, cocktails, 17 different “sipping tequilas” and milkshakes.

The Watermark restaurant is Red Dog’s fifth in the UK and will create 45 jobs.

Owner Tom Brooke said: “People have been asking us for years to open a restaurant on the South Coast so we’re thrilled to finally be able to bring our unique, laid back vibe to the city.

“We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to our new site and I guarantee that guests won’t be left feeling hungry!”

Visitors between January 2-8 can snap up a free classic cheeseburger between midday and 2pm. 

Wahaca, which will open a 190-cover restaurant at the development early in the new year.

The chain was founded 2005 Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers, who had travelled in Mexico running bars there and exploring the cuisine.

Thomasina and partner Mark Selby opened their first outlet in Covent Garden in mid-2007 and the chain now has 25 outlets. 

Since then Wahaca has won a clutch of awards including the Observer Food Monthly Award for Best Cheap Eat in the UK, Sustainable Restaurant Group of the Year 2012 and 2013, and Best Pop-up from the Restaurant Bar and Design Awards.

Thomasina said : “We cannot wait to dish out proper tacos and tequila to the good people of Southampton

“It’s a city with an incredible history, amazing sense of culture, and importantly, knowing how to enjoy itself. 

“As we’ve expanded across the UK, Southampton has remained top of our list of places to be so we look forward to getting stuck in.”

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