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The Barking Dog restaurant in Belfast

The Barking Dog restaurant in Belfast

The Weaving Works in Belfast’s Linen Quarter

The Weaving Works in Belfast’s Linen Quarter

The Barking Dog restaurant in Belfast

A popular Belfast restaurant is opening a second eatery at a new city centre building which will also play host to one of Northern Ireland's leading technology firms, it can be revealed.

The Barking Dog on the Malone Road will open a new restaurant at the newly refurbished Weaving Works, a former linen warehouse, on Ormeau Avenue.

And Newry financial software giant First Derivatives will become the anchor tenant in the office development.

The listed company employs around 1,300 staff across its sites.

The Weaving Works building will also play host to another Caffe Nero outlet on the ground floor.

The building has been developed by the Karl group.

The Barking Dog is now led by chef Michael O'Connor and manager Michael Fletcher. In a review of the top south Belfast spot last year, Belfast Telegraph food critic Joris Minne heaped praise on the bistro's food, including its 'astonishingly good' steak tartare.

Simon Moon, commercial manager at Karl, said: "It is brilliant to see exciting companies like First Derivatives, Caffe Nero and the Barking Dog expanding in Belfast.

"It is our mission to create places that enhance the lives of people and we believe that in bringing this historic building back to life, with touches of modern architecture from our architects RMI, we will do just that."

Plans for the redevelopment of the former Armagh House building were first revealed by the Belfast Telegraph in February 2016.

It is now due to be completed in December this year and, as a result of the new tenants, is now fully let.

"The Weaving Works represents the only office building to have achieved a 100% pre-letting for many years in Belfast city centre, underscoring what is a very well-conceived and executed development," Jago Bret, director of property firm GVA NI, said.

And Adrian Toner, chief operating officer of First Derivatives plc, said it is "another exciting milestone" for the business.

"It represents a significant investment for the firm in the city of Belfast, which mirrors similar investments being made in Newry, Dublin, London, Toronto and Singapore," he said.

"This building with its impressive history and stunning architecture will provide our present and future staff with a fantastic facility right in the heart of Belfast".

Danske Bank provided a "significant package of support to help fund the development", developers have said.

Paul Currid from the bank said "it is clear from the early letting that there was huge demand for a space of this quality".

Belfast Telegraph