West Belfast chicken restaurant set for Ormeau Road expansion

Dirt Bird could soon open on the Ormeau Road after a planning application was submitted for the former Maks Meat site
Gareth McKeown

A POPULAR west Belfast Chicken restaurant looks set to open a second branch in the city.

Dirt Bird on the Andersonstown Road, whose owner's wide-ranging business portfolio contains The Pizza Co and Chip Co fast food brands, could soon be operational at the former Maks Meat site on the Ormeau Road.

A planning application was submitted last month by Dirtbird Ltd, whose sole director is Jim Conlon.

Mr Conlon is the director of the Belfast-based JDM Group, whose portfolio also includes Gym Co, Wolf and Whistle bar, The Devenish Complex and The Rock Bar in Belfast as well as a nightclub in Glasgow.

The change of use application for the Ormeau Road site is for a restaurant and hot food takeaway and is set to create six jobs, according to the proposal.

If approved it would become a next door neighbour to Greens Pizza, which opened its third restaurant in the city earlier this year, creating 30 jobs.

The independent pizzeria's branch at the former home of McCormick's grocery store, added to its other outlets on the Lisburn Road and at Ballyhackamore.

Meawnwhile Irish fast food chain, Chipmongers is set to continue its rapid expansion in the north by opening a new branch in Craigavon.

The brand, owned by retail and wholesale giant Musgrave, has received planning approval for a new takeaway at the junction of Lake Road and Drumgor Road West. The brand currently has 10 outlets on the island, three of which are in the north.

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