Belfast Telegraph

Newry's new nightclub complex takes shape

By Nigel Tilson

A £3m bar, restaurant and nightclub complex is taking shape in Newry.

Construction work is under- way on the yet to be named new venue at The Mall in the city.

The project is the brainchild of Jimmy Ryan, who spent over 10 years living in New York before returning to Newry.

He is expected to unveil the stylish 14,000 sq ft complex in time for the busy Christmas party season. Building work is due to be completed in early November.

"Newry is a city on the rise and we hope the new venue will become a symbol of its new-found confidence and vitality," Mr Ryan said.

He said the "high end project" by his Emerald Inns company will bring wide and varied entertainment styles to the city, ranging from exotic Burlesque to Motown and Swingtown.

"We have also put together a comprehensive menu with both Polynesian and traditional influences using the finest fresh produce and full-bodied wines.

"We feel that this combination will be quite unique and that Newry is now well suited to this style of offering. We look forward to opening the doors," he added.

The complex will feature a 100-seat restaurant, an ambient nightclub and a lounge bar.

The project is being supported by Ulster Bank. Mark Crimmins, senior manager at the bank's Newry Business Centre, pointed out: " Newry has enjoyed considerable economic growth and increased prosperity in recent years. Therefore when Mr Ryan approached us with a business proposition for an up-market bar, restaurant and nightclub, we felt the conditions were right for it to succeed."

He explained that Ulster Bank has a strong involvement in the licensed sector across Northern Ireland and supports a number of the main players in Newry.

" Newry has become one of Northern Ireland's leading entertainment destinations."

He said the bank believed the £3m investment will act as a catalyst for further investment and regeneration of The Mall area of Newry.

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