Belfast's first Polish restaurant, Cracow City, is to re-open under new management, with a new name and identity.
Due to open in the next few weeks, the new venture will be known as the Belvedere. It is believed its new owners are the proprietors of nearby Polish goods shop, the Karolina, which stocks foods and delicacies as well as Polish language magazines.
Krzysztof Chodyniecki opened Cracow City on east Belfast’s Cregagh Road in 2008, serving traditional Polish food.
Mr Chodyniecki was recently declared bankrupt by debtor’s position and the restaurant closed shortly after.
He is the latest eaterie owner in the area to face difficulty, with the popular Maxwell Brothers restaurant on the Cregagh Road also shutting up shop this year.
Belvedere’s owners are hoping to have more success at tapping into this burgeoning new market. The President is Northern Ireland’s only other Polish restaurant. Situated on Ballymena’s William Street, it has proven popular with the Polish community and locals alike.
Customers cite its “good quality, authentic food, professional service and its beautiful interior” as the main reasons for the restaurant’s success.