Belfast Telegraph

Brothers to launch trio of new cafes, Synge & Byrne

A new coffee shop brand has been born – and its creators have plans to bring 70 new jobs to Northern Ireland over the next 12 months.

Damien and Adrian Garvey have developed Synge & Byrne, and have instructed fit-out firm Marcon to kit out three new 'coffee kitchen' units in Newtownabbey, Belfast and Londonderry.

The brothers, who are directors of BWL Food Retail and owners of O'Brien Sandwich Bars in Northern Ireland, said they plan to open cafes in three new locations across Ireland every year over the next five years.

The first Synge & Byrne Coffee Kitchen is at the Abbey Centre in Newtownabbey.

Damien Garvey said the 'Synge and Byrne' concept had been inspired by the new 'artisan' movement across Northern Ireland.

"We have done extensive research before launching this and we believe there is a strong demand both here and outside Northern Ireland for a food and drink offering that has its roots very much in traditional 'Ulster' cuisine," he said.

"There has been strong growth in recent years by the big coffee shop operators such as Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero, and also solid expansion by some very nice artisans, but we see our planned 'artisan chain' offering sitting in between these two sectors."

"No two Synge & Byrnes will be the same. While there will be common features, for example the counter and backdrop, we plan to inject some individualism into every location, depending on the specifics of the particular building.

"Our approach to design will be about maintaining the architectural integrity of the buildings and creating complementary 'old and new' talking points in each place we develop."

He said his company had worked together with Marcon on a range of different projects since 2004.

"We have worked with Marcon since their inception in 2004 across a range of different projects and we know they have a great ability to combine excellent advice on value engineering and 'buildability' with creativity with craftsmanship."

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