Belfast Telegraph

Northern lights hoping to shine with opening of new city eatery

Two entrepreneurs have opened a new eatery in north Belfast, bringing six full-time and part-time jobs to the area.

Gerard Holmes, formerly of Deanes Restaurant, and Darren Leonard, who hails from Armagh, have established the aptly named Café 29 at North City Business Centre's unit 29.

Although a coffee shop has occupied the site for many years, Gerard and Darren decided to add a more sophisticated theme by opening the 40-seater restaurant, which will target a wider market.

With the majority of goods made in-house, Café 29 will also offer external catering facilities for businesses and organisations that host conferences, meetings or other events.

Alice Quinn, CEO, North City said: "This is a real boost to the local area and Café 29 has already proved to be very popular amongst local office staff and business people. The site is positioned on Duncairn Gardens.

"Despite the recession, we have found our occupancy rates have remained consistent, which is largely due to the fact that we are located close to motorway access.

"Our Start a Business programmes also indicate that more people are starting up in business due to the lack of jobs that are available out there and also as a result of being made redundant."

Gerard Holmes, chef and owner said "We saw this as a great opportunity to develop a restaurant that offered a bit more than just daytime snacks. We open from breakfast time and during office hours, but we're keen to ensure that home cooked food is also available on our menu."

The opening of a 40-seater restaurant will serve breakfast from 7am and open through to 5pm.

Belfast Telegraph