Belfast Telegraph

Ed’s Easy Diner coming to Belfast as first restaurant to open at new Boucher Square development

By John Mulgrew

A US-style burger bar will be the first restaurant opening as part of a major development at Belfast's Boucher Road, bringing in dozens of new jobs.

Ed's Easy Diner is set to fling open its doors as part of the new Boucher Square development in the Boucher Road area of south Belfast.

And it's the first in a series of major tenants to take over the brand new development - currently under construction - which has been revealed exclusively by the Belfast Telegraph.

Two other chains have already let out units, including big-name cafe Costa Coffee and Italian eatery Frankie and Benny's.

Meanwhile a fourth remaining unit is "currently under offer to a national restaurant operator".

The premises is owned by Alterity Investments Ltd, which was formerly known as Deramore until 2013, and has been let out by Belfast-based TDK.

The first restaurants are due to open by early June, with the deal being handled by the commercial property firm.

The letting agent's Mark Thallon said: "We are pleased with the level of interest this new scheme has generated resulting in a fully pre-let scheme prior to the first restaurant openings which are scheduled for early June."

Boucher Square's four units will include in excess of 12,000 sq ft of restaurant space, along with 150 on-site parking spaces.

The development is currently under construction.

It sits on Boucher Crescent, directly opposite the well-established Boucher Retail Park, which includes businesses such as River Island, Next, Arcadia and New Look.

And the new Boucher Square site is now expected to bring dozens of jobs to the surrounding area - with Ed's Easy Diner adding 25 new staff when it launches.

Alterity Investments successfully landed the pre-letting of the restaurant and coffee units, located on the corner of Boucher Crescent and Boucher Place.

Costa Coffee already has around 20 outlets in Northern Ireland. And Italian-American diner Frankie and Benny's also operates a handful of restaurants across the province.

The latest new for retail development in Belfast comes as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said there was an overall increase in building in the first three months of the year.

And this month's official construction bulletin finally brought some good news for construction companies operating on home soil.

It said new construction activity in Northern Ireland had gone up by 6% during the last quarter of 2014, making last year the first since 2007 in which there was not significant decline in construction.

The new Boucher Square development shows there remains a demand for new commercial sites across Belfast and further afield, with three out of the four units being pre-let before the development is finished.

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