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One of Belfast city centre’s most famous landmarks to host new Spanish tapas bar

Anthony O’Neill (waiter) with Zoe Benson and Daniel McCavery


Anthony O’Neill (waiter) with Zoe Benson  and Daniel McCavery

Anthony O’Neill (waiter) with Zoe Benson and Daniel McCavery

A landmark city centre location has been transformed into a new tapas bar and casual dining venue and is poised to capitalise on the pre-Christmas rush.

The building, in Wellington Place, well known in decades past as The Wimpy and Carlton Bar, will now be known as the Solo Kitchen and Bar. Owner Michael Karan has invested more than £250,000 into the building which has become Belfast city centre’s only tapas bar. Up to 20 people will be employed within Solo.

Michael, who also owns the Ambrosia Restaurant on the Ormeau Road, believes Solo will be particularly appealing to the local business community and those seeking a served lunch or evening dining experience in the heart of the city.

“Research has shown that people choose where they eat depending on how convenient it is to get to. Our position makes us uniquely attractive for our city centre customer base.

“Overall Solo Kitchen and Bar will accommodate 120 people, 40 of which will be in our new tapas bar and the remainder in our casual dining area where customers will be offered an eclectic mix of Asian and European food. We have a small but very highly experienced team and we believe the time is right to offer Belfast something different.

“Our client research shows clearly that the Belfast palette has changed significantly and is much more international nowadays. Our tapas offering can be enjoyed as part of an overall dining experience or as a stand-alone treat. We’re delighted to be part of the food revolution that is clearly present in Belfast at the moment.”



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