New Mexican restaurant creates 10 jobs in Stranmillis

Proprietor Robert McGregor and executive head chef Andrew Logan are pictured at the new El Chapo restaurant in Stranmillis
Gareth McKeown

THE team behind the popular Boston Grill in Lisburn have opened a new Mexican restaurant in south Belfast, creating 10 jobs.

El Chapo has taken over the former Birdcage eatery in Stranmillis, transforming it into a new restaurant specialising in tequila, tapas and tacos.Proprietor Robert McGregor explained that following the success of the Boston Grill, which opened last year, he had been searching for a second location.

"We had considered opening a second Boston Grill, but being a big fan of South America and Mexico we thought this style of restaurant would bring something different to the current offering in the Stranmillis area," he said.

“Alongside our executive head chef Andrew Logan and head chef Phil Clasper we've really enjoyed putting together the El Chapo menu which will change seasonally. Tequila is rising in popularity as consumers move away from shots and look to drinking tequila in premium serves with mixers and in cocktails and we've sourced some really special tequilas for our drinks list. The restaurant has a lively vibe that will appeal to students, young professionals, families and theatre goers to the nearby Lyric."

Associate Director at GVA NI, Liam McAuley, who negotiated the letting added:

“It's great to see such an exciting new restaurant open in the vibrant Stranmillis area creating new jobs and providing investment in a sector of the market which continues to go from strength to strength”.

EL Chapo is now open and serving throughout the day from lunchtime into the evening seven days a week at 92 Stranmillis Road.

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