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Chicago Pizza Pie Factory brand to be relaunched

The former chief executive of the UK's biggest nightclub group is set to relaunch a famous pizza chain.

Stephen Thomas, former head of Luminiar, will revive the Chicago Pizza Pie Factory restaurant brand, with the first outlet set to open within 12 months.

Thomas is thought to be working with Hotbed, the Milton Keynes-based private investor network, to deliver third-party funding for the project.

Mr Thomas has already registered an investment vehicle, No Saints, for the rollout of Chicago Pizza Pie Factory in locations with high footfall, such as retail parks.

A Chicago Pizza Pie Factory in Bankmore Square off Belfast's Dublin Road was a popular night spot until it closed in the late 1990s. Capital Radio bought the brand's owner My Kinda Town in 1997.

At the time, My Kinda Town ran 53 bars and restaurants in the UK and overseas. However, Capital Radio's restaurant division rebranded the outlets as the Havana chain.

Mr Thomas is one of the best-known figures in the nightclub sector.