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Belfast's new Dublin Road café-bar creates 32 jobs

The Gallery café-bar on the Dublin Road in south Belfast.

A new establishment operating as a café, bar and art gallery on Belfast’s Dublin Road has officially opened, creating 32 jobs as part of a £1m investment.

The Gallery aims to bring the “industrial chic of New York’s meatpacking district to the streets of Belfast” and among its boasts is the claims it features the largest crystal chandeliers in the city.

Situated on the ground floor of the Gallery apartment building which opened earlier this year, it gives a nod to the history of the area by showcasing the works of local artists – new and established.

The café-bar, with its contemporary metropolitan style and floor-to-ceiling windows, has been designed according to the Feng Shui concept by leading local expert Master San Wu.

It opens all day, offering a breakfast, lunch and bistro menu and has late-night opening on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Award-winning head chef Conor O’Boyle has created a diverse menu reflecting the cosmopolitan theme – with offerings like homemade stacked pancakes, a New York breakfast, tapas, Tuscan fish stew, sea food linguine, falafel burger and a freshly-made patisserie selection.

The extensive drinks menu features a selection of wines from JN Wine, one of Northern Ireland’s most successful wine merchants.

And a bespoke cocktail menu featuring signature cocktails and boasting the best gins in Belfast, has been created by three-time nominated Pubs of Ulster Bar Tender of the Year Neil MacDonald.

The new apartment block and café-bar is the brainchild of local man Gary McCausland, chief executive of London-based property company The Richland Group.

“The Dublin Road is an up-and-coming buzzing area and we are enormously proud to be part of Belfast’s exciting regeneration and development,” he said.

“We have created a versatile place in the heart of the city which offers the perfect spot for social or business occasions.”