Little Wing to open new pizza joint in former Co Down bank
Pizza restaurant Little Wing - part of the Beannchor Group - is to open in a former bank in Co Down in an investment worth £250,000.
Plans have been submitted to transform the Bank of Ireland in Newtownards into a restaurant.
The two-storey building on Conway Square is in the heart of the town, close to Caffe Nero and fashion retailer Peacocks.
The application for Conway Square follows on from the Little Wing launch in Lisburn earlier this summer.
Luke Wolsey, who heads the restaurant chain and is director at Cathedral Leisure, part of Beannchor, said: "We have ambitious expansion plans for Little Wing and have been exploring a number of potential new restaurant locations; both Lisburn and Newtownards are areas where we felt there was room in the market for a quality pizzeria offering.
"The property is alsReso a beautiful Grade B listed building, in the town centre, situated right in the middle of Conway Square."
It is expected that the restaurant will open this autumn, once planning is approved.
The bank's conversion will bring Little Wing unit numbers to eight and its employee count to 160, with 20 employees in the new Ards restaurant.
Beannchor Group also includes the luxury Merchant Hotel in Belfast, along with the city's Bullitt Hotel and a large number of pubs. Mr Wolsey said: "We are excited to submit plans for a new Little Wing Pizzeria in Newtownards.
"We hope the new restaurant will open in October, making this our second opening this year, following the launch of Little Wing Restaurant during the summer."
He added: "We're proud to be creating local jobs for local people and look forward to bringing a taste of Little Wing hospitality to Co Down."
Speaking to Belfast Telegraph sister publication Hospitality Review, Conall Wolsey, director at Beannchor, said Little Wing will also expand to England and the Republic.