Oldfields restaurant in Durham has expanded to include a foodservice business, after taking over the catering and events at two local authority buildings.
Bill Oldfield, managing director of the restaurant in Claypath, Durham, which opened almost 20 years ago, launched Oldfields Events as part of business growth plans.
The new company has won contracts to look after the catering at Peterlee's Shotton Hall and the food operation and events at the new £1m Seaham Town Hall.
Commenting on the business opportunities available at the town hall, Oldfields said: "There has been a massive investment in the building and it's a real asset to the town. The facilities are fantastic and the rooms are very versatile so we'll be able to host a whole range of events there."
Councillor Edward Bell, Leader of Seaham Town Hall, added: "The new town hall gives the town a much-needed place to hold events of all kinds and which can bring people and income into the area.
"We know Oldfields Events will use all their expertise to drive the business forward and that this will be the start of a very successful partnership."
The company plans to grow its external catering arm.