Pizzeria goes east to open new restaurant
Twenty-five jobs are to be created with the opening of a new pizzeria in east Belfast.
Greens Pizza will open a second premises on the Upper Newtownards Road at the end of the month.
Business partners Manus McConn and William Clark opened their first restaurant in 1995 on the Lisburn Road - which was highly commended in the best hospitality category in the recent Belfast Business Awards.
The new restaurant occupies 1300 sq ft and will seat 50 customers and both Mr McConn and Mr Clark said that Ballyhackamore was a prime site in which to develop. The pair also own Cafe Conor on Belfast's Stranmillis Road, the site of the studio of famous Belfast artist William Conor, and, as with their Lisburn and Stranmillis Road properties, art will play a big part in the new Greens at Ballyhackamore with original works by renowned artist Neil Shawcross adorning the walls.
Mr Clark said it would have the same excellent quality of food, relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff that has made the original Greens a Belfast institution.
"Our aim is to give the people of this area the high standards of food and service and the ambience that makes Greens such a special place in which to work and to visit," he said.
"The menu and decor of our new premises will be similar to Lisburn Road but it will be very convenient to people from east Belfast, Castlereagh, Newtownards and north Down."
Mr McConn added: "We are very excited about this development. The Ballyhackamore area has seen a lot of new business development recently and has played a valuable role in the city's resurgence.
"We have built a loyal customer base on the Lisburn Road over the past 17 years and we want to see even more people enjoying our delicious pizzas.
"Neil is a good friend and we want our customers to enjoy their food in a space that is colourful, stimulating and adds to the whole experience."
Greens Pizza will open seven nights a week and all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The new Greens Pizzeria is located at 283-285 Upper Newtownards Road, BT4 3JH.
For more information visit www.greenspizza.com.