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A former music practice room in Ford Street has been completely transformed into Miso, a bar and restaurant, and brainchild of founder DJ Paul Stewart, who was inspired to launch the culinary venture by his trips to Japan and by witnessing the success of a friend’s restaurant while he was living in Bali. The 38-year-old has run street food pop-ups under the Miso brand since coming back to the UK shortly before the first Covid lockdown, including at Wylam Brewery and the Salt Market Social in North Shields, and also proved a big hit after setting up at Barca bar in Tynemouth last year. That led Paul to find a permanent home for Miso, overhauling a shell of a site at the Ince Building in Ouseburn into a “beautiful” new space inspired by Japan’s izakaya bars.