Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Restaurant Week returns after venues report 59% hike in sales

Belfast One’s Clare Maguire
Belfast One’s Clare Maguire
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Organisers are bringing back Belfast Restaurant Week this autumn following "phenomenal results" from this year's inaugural event in February.

Thirty-seven restaurants participated in the initiative, put together by Belfast One and Cathedral Quarter BID, and they reported £151,000 was spent in their venues over the seven days.

Clare Maguire, managing director of Belfast One, said: "It was anticipated that restaurants would benefit from an increase in sales of 20% during Restaurant Week, but participating restaurants reported that during the week-long festival they increased their average sales year on year by more than 59%.

"The dedicated website had more than 80,000 menus downloaded which is testament to the calibre of the food offering we have right here in the heart of the city."

Niall Davis of restaurant Jumon said: "This was one of our busiest weeks since we opened 12 months ago.

"It was amazing to see so many people staying in the city after work - it's the way a city should be."

And Coppi's Andrea O'Neill added: "Belfast Restaurant Week brought us new customers who had never dined with us before, which was fantastic for attracting new business."

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Gareth Neill, manager of Cathedral Quarter BID, said: "It was fantastic to see such great results for Restaurant Week across the city centre; it not only provided a significant boost to businesses but was a great opportunity to promote and celebrate the diverse offer of our unrivalled food & drink sector."

Belfast Restaurant week will return from September 23-29.

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