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Scottish Mutual building confirmed for George Best hotel
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Scottish Mutual building confirmed for George Best hotel

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
GB-based Signature Living has confirmed that it will build its promises George Best-themed hotel in the former Scottish Mutual Building in Belfast city centre. The company purchased the building recently from its former owners,...
Dunadry Inn sold to the McKeever Group
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Dunadry Inn sold to the McKeever Group

June 19th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The McKeever family, which owns four hotels in Northern Ireland and Co. Donegal, has just bought The Dunadry Inn at Templepatrick for an undisclosed sum. The addition of the 80-bedroom hotel with health, leisure and spa...
Apprenticeship programme celebrates culinary excellence
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Apprenticeship programme celebrates culinary excellence

June 16th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Leading figures from hospitality and tourism recently attended a celebration at James Street South in Belfast as participants in the restaurant’s apprenticeship programme graduated. Six of the trainees have now secured jobs...
Chic new Gallery Cafe sets the trend
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Chic new Gallery Cafe sets the trend

June 14th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A stylish new café and bar on the Dublin Road has officially opened, creating 32 full and part-time jobs, as part of a £1m investment by the London-based Richland Group. Situated on the ground floor of the award-winning Gallery...
Landmark line-up to inspire Ireland’s convenience retailers
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Landmark line-up to inspire Ireland’s convenience retailers

June 12th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A stunning collection of some of the world’s most respected retail minds is set to inspire Ireland’s blossoming convenience retail industry at a landmark event taking place in September. The Ireland’s Convenience Retailer...
LCN Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran hotelier, John
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LCN Lifetime Achievement Award for veteran hotelier, John

June 5th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Veteran hotelier, John Williamson MBE, proprietor of The Valley Hotel in Fivemiletown, is the recipient of the Licensed & Catering News Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017, sponsored by RiverRidge. John, his wife, Sally and...
Bubbacue set for second Belfast site
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Bubbacue set for second Belfast site

May 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Bubbacue, the Belfast-based restaurant business, is to open a second branch in the city at a location on Botanic Avenue formerly occupied by Café Renoir. John Blissard, the American who owns the Bubbacue brand, said recently...
Belfast-bound bar group facing cost challenges
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Belfast-bound bar group facing cost challenges

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The London-based hospitality group behind plans for the redevelopment of the building formerly occupied by Café Vaudeville in Belfast has admitted that it’s facing unexpected cost challenges. Shares in the Revolution Bars...
Signature Living seeks investors for Belfast hotel
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Signature Living seeks investors for Belfast hotel

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Signature Living Group – the Liverpool-based developer behind plans for a George Best-themed hotel in Belfast – is now seeking investors for a new development in the centre of Belfast. The group was in the news early this...
Loughview Leisure puts finishing touches to £20m package
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Loughview Leisure puts finishing touches to £20m package

May 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Loughview Leisure Group is set to complete Northern Irish hotel and leisure investments worth more than £20m. The company has invested more than £18m in the recent acquisition and ongoing extension of Belfast’s Ten Square...
Derry street food genius to host first Black Bush Block Party
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Derry street food genius to host first Black Bush Block Party

May 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Filthy Quarter is set to host the first ever Black Bush Block Party on May 28 as part of the #AnswerTheCall event series. Created in collaboration with Kevin Pyke, food guru and owner of street-food start-up Pyke ‘N’...
LCN announced as NI Tourism Conference sponsor
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LCN announced as NI Tourism Conference sponsor

May 4th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Licensed & Catering News is delighted to announce that it will be sponsor of this year’s NI Tourism Conference, which takes place in the Killyhevlin hotel in Enniskillen on May 18. Chaired by sports commentator, Stephen...
Freshii to create 100 jobs with 10 new NI stores
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Freshii to create 100 jobs with 10 new NI stores

April 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Global healthy eating fast food chain, Freshii, is to create 100 jobs as it aims to open 10 stores in Northern Ireland. The innovative food-to-go specialist held a launch event for its first Northern Ireland store in Donegall...
Revised Grand Central plan is Hastings biggest ever investment
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Revised Grand Central plan is Hastings biggest ever investment

April 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Hastings Hotels has said that it will invest £53m in its Grand Central Hotel project in Belfast following the granting of revised planning permission earlier this month. An additional 104 bedrooms are to be added to the hotel...
Council set to rule on Grand Central expansion plan
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Council set to rule on Grand Central expansion plan

April 6th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast City Council will shortly consider an application from Hastings Hotels for an expansion to its still-to-be-built Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street. The council’s planning committee will consider a recommendation to...