35 jobs created in new Belfast restaurant venture
New ‘Fratelli’ restaurant represents an overall city investment of £500,000 by Galgorm owners Tullymore House Limited
The company behind Northern Ireland’s award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa and the £12 million Scottish Mutual hotel development in Belfast city centre today unveiled details of a major new investment in the city’s growing hospitality sector.
Tullymore House Limited, which this year received planning permission to transform the iconic Scottish Mutual building opposite Belfast City Hall into a modern, luxury boutique hotel, has confirmed plans to bring its award-winning ‘Fratelli’ Italian restaurant and bar concept and brand to one of the city’s largest and most prominent commercial sites.
The site which formerly housed the Malt Room Bar & Restaurant is undergoing a major refurbishment programme ahead of the restaurant opening week commencing 17th November 2014. The restaurant will be set over two floors, the ground floor with restaurant seating for 100 covers and an open style kitchen and the first floor with one large function room/restaurant for seating 100 covers; with plans to extend outside with a terraced area opening Spring 2015 to seat approximately 40 covers.
The opening of Fratelli Belfast and creation of 35 new full and part-time jobs represents a total investment in Belfast’s hospitality sector of more than £500,000.
The new Fratelli restaurant and bar will serve a range of traditional quality, affordable Italian dishes in a modern family-friendly setting under the guidance of new Head Chef Johnny Glass.
Glass hails from The Old Schoolhouse Inn in Comber, which earlier this year was one of three Northern Ireland restaurants to receive a Bib Gourmand award in the coveted 2015 Michelin guide.
Project Manager, Colin Johnston, who is overseeing the launch of the new restaurant, said:
“We’re delighted to announce this significant investment in Belfast, which we believe will go some way to support the growing demand for quality food, drink and entertainment in a city which is making a big name for itself in terms of tourism and hospitality. We’re proud to be involved.
“Spread over two floors and carefully-designed to reflect the concept, brand and quality which drives the Fratelli name, the new restaurant is superbly-located in one of Belfast’s best-loved locations, Great Victoria Street, which is a major hub for tourists, commuters and shoppers. Fratelli Belfast will offer a part of the Galgorm experience in the heart of the city and we are very much looking forward to welcoming new guests, colleagues and familiar faces.”
“With the capacity to serve 200 diners at any one time, and under the stewardship of one of Northern Ireland’s most experienced culinary experts, Fratelli will bring to Belfast a brand new twist on quality Italian cooking. The unique menu will feature Italian cicchetti (tapas), rustic Italian main courses, pizzas and an extensive kids’ offering as well as serving traditional cocktails and a large Italian wine selection.”
In March, the Scottish Mutual building, opposite the city hall on the corner of Bedford Street, received formal planning permission to be transformed into a 40-bedroom hotel.
The building will retain all of its iconic features, have 40 bedrooms, two bars, two restaurants, as well as 10 serviced apartments. The economic significance of the proposal means it has also been designated a “Large Scale Investment Project”. Up to 180 full and part-time jobs will be created in the hotel once it is up and running, as well as around 100 jobs during the design, building and fit-out stages. Work on the project is already under way.
Separately, the new £10 million extension to the Ballymena-based Galgorm Resort and Spa is expected to be completed next year. The extension will incorporate an additional 48 bedrooms, a new leisure wing and gym, extensive expansion to the outdoor Thermal facilities and will require 60 new full and part-time jobs once open.