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IKEA invests £275k in refurbished restaurant

Pictured from left are IKEA co-workers Rebecca Davies, Food Manager, Kevin Armstrong, Bistro Manager and project leader for the refurbishment and Louise Anderson, Restaurant Manager. 13 June 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

Pictured from left are IKEA co-workers Rebecca Davies, Food Manager, Kevin Armstrong, Bistro Manager and project leader for the refurbishment and Louise Anderson, Restaurant Manager. 13 June 2016 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.

Pictured from left are IKEA co-workers Rebecca Davies, Food Manager, Kevin Armstrong, Bistro Manager and project leader for the refurbishment and Louise Anderson, Restaurant Manager.

 

IKEA Belfast has undergone a major £275k refurbishment in its restaurant, increasing capacity by almost a third, making it Northern Ireland’s largest restaurant.

The restaurant, which can now seat 450, has been designed for the digital age and now includes USB ports, free Wi-Fi and an interactive digital children’s play area.

The refurbishment also resulted in the recruitment of 12 new co-workers in IKEA Food.

Designed by IKEA Belfast’s Interior Design Team and with relaxed seating and booths, it incorporates garden walls, wooden birch trees and a range of different seating zones which overlook Belfast Harbour.

IKEA’s Food Manager Rebecca Davies, “This family friendly restaurant has been entirely transformed and the new design has incorporated feedback from our customers including local breastfeeding groups. We are sure our customers will agree that it’s a gorgeous space with a superb ambience.

She added; “We identified some time ago that there was a need for more seating so it was an ideal opportunity to rejuvenate our popular restaurant. The revamp has also allowed us to make a significant investment in encouraging a more healthy lifestyle including introducing a new range of reduced sugar drinks and cutting sugar by half in the drinks tower.”

The restaurant also has a strong focus on sustainability with LED lighting used throughout, and the serving of UTZ sustainable coffee and fish and shrimps from independently certified fisheries. Last year, IKEA became the first retailer to use 100% cotton from more sustainable sources and these fabrics are also used throughout the new decor.

The new look restaurant will be officially celebrated with a special Swedish Midsummer party on Thursday 23rd June. Tickets are available to buy in the restaurant and Swedish food market.

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