Burger chain Ed's Easy Diner to serve up its second US-style diner in Northern Ireland
Exclusive: UK chain in the process of securing a new site in Belfast
US-style burger bar chain Ed's Easy Diner is planning to open a major new restaurant in the heart of Belfast - just weeks after launching its first outlet here, it can be revealed.
The UK-owned chain is in the process of securing a new site at Castle Lane.
It could also lead to further expansion by the chain across Northern Ireland.
Ed's sells a host of burgers, chilli, hotdogs and fries in 1950s American diner-style surroundings, complete with jukebox.
The company did not wish to comment on the current progress of the new outlet.
But planning permission has been submitted for the new spot, formerly Phones4u, located beside Starbucks.
And it comes just weeks after the Belfast Telegraph revealed the burger bar created 25 jobs when it launched its first restaurant at the new Boucher Square development in the south of the city. Its deal to secure the restaurant chain's second Northern Ireland outlet is ongoing.
The location on Castle Lane is set to combine two former retail businesses. An initial planning application had been submitted to amalgamate the two.
A second application in June on behalf of Alterity Investments and Pragma Planning proposed changing the business from retail to restaurant use.
Ed's Easy Diner already has more than 30 restaurants across Britain, and is one of the UK's fastest-growing food chains.
Food firm Henderson landed a £2m deal last month to supply the newest burger bar chain to hit Northern Ireland.
It's the latest fast food firm to expand its presence in the region, after it was revealed chicken chain Nando's is opening at least one new store here.
The company is in the process of hiring staff for a third Belfast restaurant, bringing at least a dozen new jobs.
And earlier this year, it was revealed that a US fast-food chain with Barack Obama's seal of approval was getting ready to set up shop in Northern Ireland.
Five Guys is said to be checking out locations in Belfast.