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Jean-Christophe Novelli launching first restaurant in Ireland at Belfast's new City Quays hotel

By John Mulgrew

Top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli is launching a new restaurant at one of Belfast's latest hotels.

The chef will open up an eatery at the current under-construction £25m Marriott AC Hotel.

It's part of Belfast Harbour's City Quays project. The French chef already operates a number of other restaurants in the UK.

The hotel at Belfast’s newest waterfront development which will feature the 104-seat restaurant, as well as bar, lounge, gym, meeting rooms and almost 190 luxury bedrooms.

It's due to open its doors at the start of next year, and will be called Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays.

Belfast Harbour said the restaurant will offer a “brasserie menu” with “French flair”.

He's also due to visit Belfast next month to reveal more details about his plans.

Graeme Johnston, property director of Belfast Harbour, said:

"Recognised across the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond, Jean-Christophe Novelli is a true champion of high quality, down-to-earth and innovative menu combinations and his decision to choose City Quays, and Belfast, is a testament to the success of our development plans for this key city centre site and the strong demand for great hospitality and the vibrancy of our visitor economy.

"Strategically located, this exciting new restaurant is great news for the local economy and will provide a welcome addition to Belfast and Northern Ireland’s strong hospitality, leisure and tourism offer.

"It’s a real coup for Belfast and I look forward to an outstanding first year when our hotel opens its doors in 2018."

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