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Friends open new Belfast brunch venture

Friends Gary McIldowney and Ryan Jenkins have joined forces to launch OUTPUT Espresso, a new brunch and coffee destination on Belfast’s Lisburn Road.

The 1150-square-foot, 40-seat food outlet will serve an all-day brunch menu with simple everyday options alongside unique captivating combinations of flavours and surprises. The food offering will be paired with coffee from guest roasters.

The venture comes off the back of the duo meeting while working at Slim’s Healthy Kitchen, which is owned and operated by Gary McIldowney with Ryan Jenkins behind the grill.

“Ryan started his cooking career and has been part of the team at Slim’s for six years now,” said McIldowney. “Recently he has been organising pop-up dining nights across Belfast building his own fan base for his culinary talents that he couldn’t express as part of the Slim’s brand, with it being health focused. We were both keen to channel his passion for creating really beautiful food, that not only looks good but tastes good too, into something permanent.

“From the outset, we wanted to create a relaxed social space where we’d like to hangout to catch-up with friends, enjoy really good coffee that rotates regularly and a menu of comfort food but that also excites and surprises customers.

“With changes in modern lifestyles, brunch has become the serious business of eating and we wanted to show that there’s more than just typical Belfast fry up. We utilised our test kitchen to come up with many creative and tempting dishes that it’s been a labour of love to pull together the menu for OUTPUT.”

Jenkins said: “We’re serving from 8am six days a week with a varied menu from eggs galore to a brunch burger with bacon jam, short rib hash and a beef dripping sandwich of cured meats which are cured in-house.

“On the sweeter side we have recruited a pastry chef and we’ll have freshly baked pastries and croissants, candy floss pancakes and cornflake ice-cream. We have a lot more offerings than you would see in a traditional breakfast menu, but also a lot more flexibility too for mixing and matching your dishes and building your own combinations for the everyday customer that wants to enjoy something lighter with a cup of really good coffee.”

Bare concrete, greenery, internal neon signage, splashes of nude pinks and DJ decks for disco brunch will complete the convivial atmosphere at OUTPUT to keep the customers feeling sunny side up.

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