Belfast church on Ormeau Road to be turned into restaurant in £1m project
A landmark church on the Ormeau Road in Belfast is set to be transformed into a new restaurant.
Northern Ireland hospitality group, Tullymore House Ltd, has confirmed plans which will effect the transformation from a place of worship through a £1m investment.
The group, which also owns the award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa and Fratelli group of Italian restaurants, has acquired the former Holy Rosary church and surrounding land.
More than £1m will be invested improving and enhancing the site, which has been derelict since 1980, with plans to convert the church building.
More than 40 full and part time jobs will be created once the project is completed, with a further 30 jobs during the construction phase.
Project Manager Colin Johnston says the plans will add to the vibrancy of the area.
"We plan to regenerate this section of the Ormeau Road with a sympathetic redevelopment of the building, which has stood on the site since 1898.
"The Ormeau Road project is part of an ongoing investment programme in the hospitality sector by Tullymore House Ltd, including planned extensions to Fratelli restaurants in Galgorm in Ballymena and Belfast city centre."
Mr Johnston added: "As a major employer in Belfast and Ballymena, we are committed to the development and enhancement of Northern Ireland's hospitality offering, and this project is one of a number of expansion plans for 2017."
Tullymore House Ltd recently invested more than £11m in a redevelopment programme at Galgorm Resort and Spa. The company has also developed the successful Fratelli group, with one restaurant located in the four-star Galgorm Resort, and another on Belfast's Great Victoria Street.
The company has a significant investment programme planned for the Fratelli brand in 2017, totalling more than £1.5m and creating up to 60 jobs.