Joe Robertson, now resident in Monaco, was responsible for a large number of prominent developments in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Eldon Café

Joe Robertson, the major leisure operator and developer in Newcastle upon Tyne during the 80’s and early 90’s and now resident in Monaco, was responsible for a number of prominent developments.

Eldon Square comprising substantial retail both to the North and South of Blackett Street, Newcastle is linked by a pedestrian bridge over old Blackett Street. In 1980 the owners of Eldon Square having visited one of Joe’s units, City Vaults in the Bigg Market, were impressed by the food offering and approached Joe to design and provide a conceptual approach to an innovative food venue at the Northern junction of the pedestrian bridge.

The unit so conceived and operated by Joe became the highly successful Eldon Coffee Shop, a drop in location for shoppers and business customers alike.

Other prominent developments include Allied Irish Bank on Collingwood Street, the former Fish Market on the Quayside, Newcastle. The corner of Sandhill and Quayside now known as Chase together with Sports Café on Grainger Street now known as the Castle Mile. The Waterside Hotel on the Quayside. Waterstones building on Grey Street together with the former Midland Bank on Grey Street now Zizzis Restaurant.

A number of substantial public houses and restaurants throughout Newcastle were established within Joe’s portfolio and substantial developments included Newcastle Airport Hotel and Northgate House on the corner of John Dobson Street and St Mary’s Place together with the Long Bar on Westgate Road.