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US burger chain Five Guys opening in Belfast next week: Restaurant creating 50 new jobs

By John Mulgrew

Published 02/12/2015

US President Barack Obama orders lunch at a
US President Barack Obama orders lunch at a "Five Guys" burgers and fries restaurant in Washington, DC

US-owned burger chain Five Guys will open its first Northern Ireland restaurant on Monday.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, the fastest growing restaurant business in the US, will arrive in Belfast’s Victoria Square next week.

The Irish franchise has been purchased by brothers Brett, Ross and Dery Desmond - sons of Irish billionaire Dermot Desmond.

The new store will create more than 50 new jobs.

Speaking ahead of the opening, the Desmond brothers said:

"We are delighted to be standing here in our first Five Guys restaurant. We are working on opening a number of outlets in Ireland, and it’s fantastic to see our first Five Guys outlet in Victoria Square come to fruition.

"We chose this location as it is such an iconic shopping centre in the heart of Belfast City, with a really strong tenant mix. We hope that it will be a big hit with shoppers and will give people even more reason to visit Victoria Square.”

Meanwhile, UK-owned Italian chain Azzurri is also adding between 10 and 20 new outlets across Northern Ireland and the Republic.

A range of restaurant chains have been spreading their wings into Northern Ireland in recent times.

And after long speculation that family Italian eaterie Carluccio's is eyeing up Belfast, it was revealed that the chain is also moving into the city centre shopping centre.

Also at Victoria Square, Northern Ireland is set to get its first taste of Hawaiian cuisine with a new grill bar - Kua 'Aina - specialising in burgers and other traditional fayre.

It's bringing 30 new jobs to the shopping centre when it opens later this year.

Earlier this year it was revealed that chef Marco Pierre White is opening his first restaurant in east Belfast.

The chef, the youngest person to hold three Michelin stars, has launched one of his franchised Steakhouse Bar and Grill eateries at the Park Avenue hotel.

And on the high street, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that after years of speculation, bakery giant Greggs is eyeing as many as 50 locations across Northern Ireland.

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