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Entrepreneur defies downturn to open second eatery in the capital

A Belfast entrepreneur is opening a second cafe in the city following success with his first venture in the city centre.

Barry McCann is bucking the economic trend and has let 1,500 sq ft of space in a prime location on James Street South in the city centre for his new Jimmy Brown's cafe. The deal was negotiated by commercial property agency Lisney.

Mr McCann, who also owns the Coffee Fountain in Fountain Street, said Jimmy Brown's would offer an extensive breakfast and lunch menu with 'express' food during the day and casual 'bring your own'-style dining in the evenings. "Whilst it is certainly a challenging environment to be opening in, myself and business partner Mairead Rooney are confident that we have tailored the offering correctly for the market and for the area in which we are based," he said.

"We think it's an excellent site in the city centre to benefit from trade from business people, shoppers, tourists and others."

Stephen Chambers of Lisney said that there is still demand for the right properties despite the tough economic climate.

"The lettings market remains subdued, but there is demand for good sites in prime locations, often driven by local entrepreneurs and business start-ups," he said.

"We have been pleased to be involved in lettings to a number of new businesses in recent months."

Mr McCann's Fountain Street cafe was formerly the premises of Cafe Paul Rankin.

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