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A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

Inspiration: Gerry Carlile

Inspiration: Gerry Carlile

A packed Royal Avenue in pre-lockdown days

Belfast could take on a more continental look this summer as it moves towards a new 'alfresco' dining and drinking culture.

The city council is accepting applications for pavement cafe licences from Monday.

Restaurateurs have said the move will help get the city back on its feet after lockdown as the indoor operation of bars and eateries will be constrained by social distancing.