Belfast Telegraph

£1m investment in Belfast's Gallery restaurant

By John Mulgrew

A new cafe and bar based on the ground floor of Belfast's latest apartment development is creating 32 new jobs as part of a £1m investment.

The grand two-floor Gallery restaurant sits below the apartment development of the same name on the Dublin Road.

It's serving up breakfast, lunch and a bistro menu, and opens late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

It's the brainchild of Richland Group, which is headed by chief executive Gary McCausland.

He's also in the process of building a £65m office development at the current site of the Dublin Road Movie House cinema.

The new cafe also features a range of works from some of Northern Ireland's best-known artists.

That includes work from Colin Davidson, who recently painted a portrait of the Queen, along with Brian Ballard, Neil Shawcross and William Conor.

According to those behind the development, it has been "designed according to the Feng Shui concept by leading local expert Master San Wu".

Mr McCausland said: "The Dublin Road is an up and coming buzzing area and we are enormously proud to be part of Belfast's exciting regeneration and development." He added: "We have created a versatile place in the heart of the city which offers the perfect spot for social or business occasions."

The Gallery apartment development is worth more £8m.

The scheme comprises 58 one and two-bedroom apartments designed for city living in the heart of Belfast.

Meanwhile, Richland Group is also progressing with plans for a 12-storey office building with a capacity for 3,000 staff, called One Bankmore Square, at the site of the Movie House, close by to the Gallery.

Belfast City Council granted the building planning permission last month.

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