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Belfast cafe open for business as liquidators called in

By John Mulgrew

A Belfast cafe remains open for business after liquidators were appointed to the company which had previously been running it.

Faye McFarland, partner of Glenavon Football Club boss Gary Hamilton, said "nothing will change" at Harlem cafe on Bedford Street.

She told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's a bit of a business shuffle."

Nicholas McKeague of McKeague Morgan & Company was appointed as liquidator of Vine Agencies Limited, which had traded as Harlem at 34 Bedford Street.

But Harlem remained open and trading yesterday.

The cafe is a popular spot for businesses in the area.

Another company registered in Belfast, called Harlem Cafe Ltd, was set up in March 2016, and has one director, Reece Rogers.

Faye McFarland has been running Harlem for the past seven years. The eclectic cafe serves up a range of breakfast and lunch items. That includes an all-day fry, mini pancakes and granola.

And at weekends it also serves a 'bistro' menu, featuring dishes such as oriental duck and pickled ginger spring rolls, seafood platters and ham hock.

Just last month, the Belfast Telegraph reported it was offering its customers the chance to experience the "worst salad one woman ever had in her life".

The offering was in response to one woman's review of its prawn salad on the TripAdvisor website.

And the award-winning cafe thought it could only respond by advertising the fact.

Billed as a "superfood" dish, it includes prawns, rocket, seeds, raspberries, strawberries, quinoa and vegetables topped with shavings of cucumber and carrot.

Belfast Telegraph food critic Joris Minne heaped praise on the spot when he reviewed it back in 2012.

Speaking about the dinner menu at the time, he said: "The mains that ensued were no less impressive. The scampi were generous great lumps of crispy gold and juicy salty interiors.

"The mini burgers were tall and thick and the plentiful salads and skinny fries brought with them a peaceful silence while everyone ate up.

"The Vietnamese curry had all the restorative powers of a winter bouillon and the egg noodles worked beautifully.

"We all like the simple things. But when the simple things are wrapped up in a warm and inviting dining room like Harlem, they become irresistible."

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