Belfast Telegraph

Burrito bar Boojum to open third branch in Northern Ireland

By John Mulgrew

Mexican food chain Boojum is opening a third store in Belfast following a multi-million pound deal to buy the business last year.

The popular burrito bar has submitted a planning application for an 80-seat restaurant on Great Victoria Street in the city.

The restaurant chain, which currently has five locations, including two in Belfast, is taking over the ground floor of the building that previously housed the former Anglo Irish Bank.

The new branch is the first to be opened since the business was bought by brothers David and Andrew Maxwell, the latter being a former Ulster Rugby player.

The company is also opening a new outlet in Dublin.

At the end of last year, it moved several doors up from its first restaurant in the Botanic area, opening a bigger restaurant.

Boojum was set up by former owner John Blisard, who comes from Philadelphia but who had been living in Belfast since 2006.

The company has proven to be a major success story since it was founded in 2007, with a second location opening in Chichester Street in 2010.

It has grown to become Ireland's best-known Mexican fast food brand with five shops across the island, and it is a popular spot for students and workers.

Mr Blisard still operates barbecue food chain Bubbacue.

Belfast Telegraph