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Belfast city centre restaurant to become major co-working office

A leading property developer is creating a major co-working office space at the site of former  restaurant in south Belfast, Ulster Business can reveal.

Gary McCausland says he’s now planning to turn the former ground floor restaurant and cafe at The Gallery apartment development on the Dublin Road into a new co-working office space.

The unit has remained empty since the original Gallery restaurant closed in 2018. Another business had expected to take on the site, but plans are now underway for the major revamp and change of use.

He said the retail and restaurant business in Belfast was “really difficult and tough”, leading to plans for a change in the large site’s use as a high-end office. Mr McCausland says the new development, if planning is approved, will become “something really special”.

In May last year, plans for a new restaurant at the Gallery building were announced, but are now no longer going ahead.

The Gallery apartment building is made up of 58 one and two-bedroom luxury apartments on the outskirts of Belfast city centre, with many looking out over the busy Dublin Road.

The new plans for the flexible office scheme include the large downstairs, ground floor area, being transformed into a workspace area, with desks and at least two meeting rooms, along with other offices and photocopy room. And the upstairs mezzanine area shows additional desks and working areas.

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