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New tenants served up at Odyssey as part of £15m relaunch

Guy Hollis (left) from Matagorda2 with Nicky Finnieston from Finch
Gary McDonald Business Editor

THREE high profile restaurant brands - Zizzi’s, Nando’s and Five Guys - have taken leases at Belfast’s Odyssey complex as part of the waterfront venue’s £15 million winter relaunch.

They will each take a prominent unit within the revitalised riverside food and leisure mall, formerly known as the Odyssey Pavilion, from next February

The restaurants will occupy just under 11,000sq ft of prime space combined, creating around 75 jobs combined.

For Zizzi’s and Five Guys, it will be their second city centre locations, complementing existing outlets at Victoria Square, whilst the Odyssey location will be Nando’s ninth restaurant in the north.

Agents representing the scheme have confirmed that six more tenants are currently under offer to further bolster the offering, which also includes Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl.

Leaseholders Matagorda2 are behind the relaunch of the former Pavilion, working in partnership with The Odyssey Trust, who have driven the development of the landmark leisure and entertainment destination over the last two decades.

Guy Hollis from Matagorda2 said: “We’re encouraged by the interest in this new era of the Odyssey. Being part of Northern Ireland’s landmark leisure and entertainment destination, situated at the gateway to the world-famous Titanic Quarter, is an exciting proposition for food and leisure brands.

“We’re excited to reveal some of the new names that who will be joining Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. We look forward to welcoming Zizzi’s, Nando’s, and Five Guys to the scheme and expect to announce a further half a dozen tenants over the coming months. Work is currently under way to accommodate the fitout of units, with our new tenants expected to open their doors early next year.”

Matagorda2 is backed by Alanis Capital Ltd and was advised on the lettings by Finch and McMullen Real Estate.

Finch co-founder Nicky Finnieston said: “We’re seeing high levels of interest, not only in the Odyssey, but Belfast in general, from big names in the restaurant and leisure sectors, which is extremely promising as these sectors bounce back after the pandemic and look to drive regional growth and increase their reach in key cities.

“The Odyssey is a stand-out venue on Belfast’s famous waterfront and brands are keen to secure space. These family-friendly brands will complement the unique mix currently on offer from current tenants, Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl, alongside the high-profile events and experiences provided by The SSE Arena, the Belfast Giants and W5, fitting with the future vision of the complex.”