Emphasis on casual dining as Tedfords to open new eaterie in shadow of Waterfront
Top Belfast restaurant Tedfords is set to open a second venue in the city centre, creating 20 new jobs.
Owners Alan and Sharon Foster are spending £250,000 on the new Tedfords' Kitchen at Lanyon Quay, which is due to open at the start of next month.
The couple, who met at catering college and now live close to Alan's native Castlewellan, worked together in Dublin in the early days of the Celtic Tiger at venues including U2's Clarence Hotel.
When the 1850s Tedfords building - the former home of the ship's chandlers of the same name - became available in 2000, the pair decided to set up on their own.
Their new venture, the more casual Tedfords' Kitchen, will occupy a 4,500 sq ft site across the road from the original Tedfords on Donegall Quay.
Alan Foster, head chef as well as co-owner, said: "Over the past 15 years, we've worked hard to build an award-winning reputation for quality and fine dining at Tedfords.
"We'd always hoped to expand our portfolio to include a more casual dining establishment.
"However, the right opportunity just didn't present itself - until now."
He said the new venture was opening at a good time. "The renewed buoyancy in the economy, Belfast's growing reputation for food and the increasing number of international events that are choosing Northern Ireland, have all been instrumental in our decision to expand," he said.
Mr Foster said he hoped the new restaurant would also be well-positioned for the completion of the renovation of the Waterfront Hall in 2016.
Sharon Foster said: "The location of Tedfords' Kitchen, which is situated just beside the Waterfront Hall piazza, is perfectly placed to accommodate the casual dining, wine bar style that we wanted to create."
The new restaurant will seat 90 customers. A space for private dining, seating 30, is to be completed later in the year.