New nightspot to create jobs

A NEW Belfast nightspot is to create 20 jobs when it opens next month in the latest phase of a £1 million entertainment complex.

Rita's in the city's so-called Linen Quarter is the latest addition to the Franklin Street development that has already seen the opening of Asian-themed Shiro and exclusive nightclub Chinawhite.

The final phase of the Abacus Inns complex - a fifth floor rooftop garden - is to open next year. And once complete, the project will have created 180 jobs.

Abacus Inns director Paul Langsford said it was "one of the most significant investments in the night time entertainment business in Belfast for many years". "Belfast's linen quarter based on the south side of the city centre has always had enormous potential and we believe that our development delivers a new hub for the night life economy within Belfast city centre with two bespoke bars and an internationally renowned night club."

Graham O'Donnell from bar designers O'Donnell: O'Neill Design, said: "Rita's is a classic inspired Beer and Cocktail Bar, designed to appeal to like-minded patrons providing an unrivalled experience and service. "The tasteful interior design is atmospheric, comfortable and conversation inducing and with the interior architecture we have sought to maintain the sanctity of the original features while drawing out Rita's alluring and atmospheric environment. "Warm brickwork is enhanced with sumptuous seating and embossed panelled bar to provide another new and unique experience for customers coming to the linen quarter."

* OPENING: On site of the new rooftop garden bar in Belfast's Linen Quarter is Zoe Watson and Paul Langsford of Abacus Inns, along with Graham Devenney from design company O'Donnell O'Neill Design. The development will also see the third bar in the development, Rita's, opening in December


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