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Bullitt Hotel looks set for Dublin as Beannchor eyes further expansion

By Emma Deighan

Hospitality giant Beannchor Group is planning to bring its Bullitt hotel concept to Dublin's up-and-coming Capel Street, it has emerged.

In an interview, company director Conall Wolsey said it had found a potential site in Capel Street, a historic district known for its independent businesses and described as "pure, dyed-in-the-wool Dublin".

And he also revealed the company is hoping to bring its Little Wing pizza chain to England.

Beannchor, which also owns the five-star Merchant Hotel in Belfast, unveiled the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast's Church Lane last year. Its ground floor features a wide-open lobby, bar and restaurant area.

Mr Wolsey told Business Telegraph sister publication Hospitality Review: "Bullitt Dublin will be located at the north side of the river and will have the exact same style and theme.

"It will be a collection of buildings - a redevelopment that will give way to 100 rooms and have that feel with the ground floor connection that we have here," he added.

A spokeswoman for Beannchor Group said a site on Capel Street had been identified but there were no detailed plans.

Mr Wolsey said the company was happy with the performance of the Bullitt Hotel in Belfast since its opening in October.

Features and artwork in the hotel were inspired by actor Steve McQueen's 1968 film Bullitt.

"It's been going really well and we are still fine-tuning everything," Mr Wolsey said.

"There are a lot of different areas to this business - breakfast, lunch and dinner service - and we're working to get it all right."

And he said the hotel was branching out into holding events and talks in order to attract even greater numbers.

Bullitt Hotel is the latest addition to the wide hospitality interests of the Beannchor Group.

It owns a large number of bars which are leased out to tenants, as well as operating its own pubs in Belfast such as The National, Dirty Onion and Muriel's.

It also owns the Little Wing chain of pizzerias.

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