Restaurant Profile August 2017: The Gallery, Belfast
Gary McCausland, Chief Executive of The Richland Group, talks to HRNI
WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN?
We opened in June 2017. I love New York’s meatpacking district and I wanted to bring the contemporary metropolitan café style to Belfast.
TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE
There’s a warehouse feel to our space. We have seven metre-high, floor-to-ceiling windows, an elegant open-plan restaurant and bar, striking artwork and the largest chandeliers in Belfast. The interior was designed according to the Feng Shui concept by leading local expert Master San Wu.
WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR?
We want to create a chic stylish space, a versatile place that is used for both business and pleasure, where people can drop by for breakfast or dinner, coffee or a cocktail.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU AND WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT?
We have created a bistro-style menu that is healthy, hearty and organic and offers a range of dishes with wide appeal, from poached eggs and avocado for breakfast to a superfood salad at lunch, to an open steak sandwich or homemade falafel burger in the evening.
DOES YOUR MENU CHANGE OFTEN?
We have a range of menus, including breakfast/brunch, lunch, evening and kids’ and we also offer daily specials and a freshly-baked patisserie selection. We plan to refresh our menus regularly, led by our award-winning head chef, Conor O’Boyle.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO TO IMPROVE AND DRIVE YOUR MENU?
We source all our products from local Northern Irish suppliers, ensuring fresh and organic ingredients. We also have a separate vegetarian and vegan menu and we offer a range of gluten-free options.
WHO ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
We have a wide appeal, from young professionals and business customers, to locals, students and families.
HAVE YOU FACED ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES TO DATE?
We have encountered the usual few teething problems with opening a new business, but we have sorted these out.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR RESTAURANT STAND OUT FROM COMPETITORS?
The Gallery offers something a bit different; a chic, fun environment where the blend of art and music provides a great backdrop for a meal, drink or coffee. We are focusing our attention on delivering great tasting food with terrific customer service.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR RESTAURANT DEVELOPING?
It’s been an excellent start since we opened a few weeks ago, and we are looking forward to welcoming new customers through the doors.
We are excited about the future of our restaurant and about the future of the Dublin Road, which is an up-and-coming area. We want The Gallery to become one of Belfast’s most popular spots and we will work hard to make that happen.
65–71 Dublin Road, Belfast
Tel: 028 9043 4344
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