New sports bar to create 15 jobs in Belfast city centre

The Bachus Group's Linen House complex on Franklin Street, Belfast
Ryan McAleer

ONE of Belfast’s best known pub groups is set to open a new sports bar in the city centre, creating 15 jobs.

Franklins, named for the street where the Bachus Group operates its Linen House hospitality complex, will boast the biggest indoor viewing screen in Belfast, when it opens this weekend.

The 6.5 metre screen, one of 11 in the bar, will unveiled when the bar opens this Saturday. It’s understood the pubs group has invested around £100,000 in the new venture.

The bar, which replaces the former Tutti Frutti pizza restaurant, will sit alongside Rita’s, Sweet Afton and The Perch rooftop bar in the Franklin Street complex, behind the Grand Central Hotel.

The Bachus Group’s hospitality portfolio includes Filthy McNasty’s, Liquor XXX, The Points and An Sibin.

Franklins’ general manager Conor Quinn said plans for the venue have been in the works for a while.

“Franklins mega screen will offer sports fans an unprecedented viewing experience,” he said.

“There’s nowhere else like it in Belfast. The venue spans across two floors with a dedicated games area complete with pool tables, beer pong, 'foosball' tables, machines and dart boards. We’ve aimed to create a sports venue that will appeal to a diverse crowd.”

The opening weekend is set to coincide with the start of the Six Nations rugby championship on Saturday and the Superbowl on Sunday.

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