Galgorm Resort And Spa Owners Purchase Restaurant At Cleaver House

Pictured L-R Stephen Cheah (Cheah Rothe), Jonathan Mallett (Abbey Upholsterers), Colin Johnston (Director), Israel Robb (Director)

Galgorm Resort And Spa Owners Purchase Restaurant At Cleaver House

04 September 2017

The owners behind Northern Ireland’s award-winning Galgorm Resort and Spa have unveiled details of a major new investment in the city’s growing hospitality sector bringing a French-style restaurant to one of the city’s most iconic sites.  

The site which is housed at Cleaver House at Donegal Place, is undergoing a major refurbishment programme ahead of the restaurant, Café Parisien, opening later this month. The restaurant will be set over two floors, the ground floor featuring a classic creperie with seating for 50 covers and an open style kitchen with the first floor 100-seater restaurant offering a modern twist on the classic brasserie dishes for lunch and dinner as well as afternoon teas.  There also will be private dining provision and a terraced area with generous panoramic views over the city for approximately 50 covers.   

The project, which will create approximately 50 jobs, is part of a £700,000 investment by the Galgorm owners in the site.  This latest development brings the total spend in the city centre to just under £1.5 million in the last 3 years. 

Café Parisien, whose name has been inspired by the café on-board the Titanic will focus on traditional quality, affordable dishes in a classic French setting under the guidance of new Head Chef Levi Deakin.

Project Managers, Colin Johnston & Israel Robb who are overseeing this latest development, said:

“Our continued investment across Belfast reflects our commitment to the development of the city’s well-established hospitality industry and we believe Café Parisien will go some way to support the growing demand for quality food and drinks in a city which is making a name for itself in terms of tourism.

“We have ambitious plans for the venue to utilise its full potential as such a well-known and much-loved building in Belfast’s historic story.  Cheah Rothe, design consultants and Abbey Upholsterers, Specialist Joinery & FitOut have worked with us on the interior design and architecture which has been carefully-designed to reflect the concept, brand and quality which will drive the Café Parisien name.  The new restaurant is superbly-located in one of Belfast’s best-loved locations, Donegal Place, which is a major hub for tourists, commuters and shoppers.

Separately, the £1.5 million redevelopment programme of the Holy Rosary Church turning it into a Fratelli’s restaurant is expected to be completed next year by the Galgorm owners.   This investment will create more than 40 full- and part-time jobs when completed, with a further 30 jobs during the construction phase.