Galgorm owners to create 50 Belfast jobs with new French restaurant

The iconic Cleaver House at Donegall Place is being transformed into Café Parisien, due to open later this month 
Gareth McKeown

THE OWNERS of the award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa are bringing a French-style restaurant to Belfast city centre, creating up to 50 new jobs.

The iconic Cleaver House at Donegall Place is being transformed into Café Parisien, due to open later this month.

The new restaurant will be set over two floors, with the ground floor featuring a classic creperie with seating for 50 diners and an open style kitchen with the first floor 100-seater restaurant offering a modern twist on the classic brasserie dishes for lunch and dinner as well as afternoon teas. There also will be private dining provision and a terraced area.

The project, which will create approximately 50 jobs, is part of a £700,000 investment and brings the total spend in the city centre to just under £1.5 million in the last three years. It follows the development of a Fratelli's restuarant on Great Victoria Street in 2015.

Separately, the £1.5 million redevelopment programme of the Holy Rosary Church on the Ormeau Road into a Fratelli’s restaurant is expected to be completed next year and create more than 40 full- and part-time jobs when completed, with a further 30 jobs during the construction phase.

Café Parisien, whose name has been inspired by the café on-board the Titanic will operate under the guidance of new head chef Levi Deakin.

Project managers, Colin Johnston and Israel Robb said the latest development reflected the commitment to the Belfast market.

"We believe Café Parisien will go some way to support the growing demand for quality food and drinks in a city which is making a name for itself in terms of tourism.

“We have ambitious plans for the venue to utilise its full potential as such a well-known and much-loved building in Belfast’s historic story."

Café Parisien project directors Colin Johnston (second from right) and Israel Robb (far right) pictured with Stephen Cheah (far left) of design consultants Cheah Rothe and Jonathan Mallet from Abbey Upholsterers

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