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Award-winning Ballynahinch restaurant Bull & Ram to open in Belfast in October

Chef Kelan McMichael has announced that a second Bull & Ram restaurant is to open in Belfast in October
Gareth McKeown

THE chef behind the award-winning Ballynahinch restaurant Bull & Ram has announced he is to open a second eatery in Belfast creating 20 new jobs.

Due to open in October the new restaurant will be housed on the old Beatrice Kennedy site on University Road. Situated over two floors the restaurant will welcome over 80 customers, opening for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday.

The interior of the premises will be creatively transformed by John Teuton Design, with inspiration for the décor coming from the 1920s and early 1930s.

Chef Kelan McMichael said he's finally found the perfect location.

"I took my time to find the right premises as the Bull & Ram is not just about food and service, it's about creating a dining experience.Finding another iconic Grade 1 listed building with character and original features was important as well as getting the right location."

‘We are delighted to have found premises in Belfast that will allow us to bring the Bull & Ram experience to Belfast. Bull & Ram Belfast will offer an innovative menu showcasing the very best of local, seasonal ingredients and we hope it will become a destination for diners to feast on the best oysters, steaks and cocktails."

Kelan opened his first restaurant Bull & Ram, in a former butcher's shop in Ballynahinch in June of last year, restoring an Edwardian building back to its former glory complete with the original meat hanging rail and herringbone oak ceiling.

General manager of the new restaurant Daryl Shields said they are planning to create 20 new jobs when they open in October.

"Bull & Ram Belfast will have a totally different vibe from our unique Ballynahinch restaurant but the core principles of training staff about the provenance of the food will continue as we know this is inherent to our success.”

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