Timing is everything and for these 11 businesses they’ve done themselves a lot of favours by opening just in time to reap the benefits of the Christmas market. And when we say Christmas market we’re not talking about the one with the churros and beer tents.
Anyway, here’s 11 new business to get excited about in Belfast…
Belfast is fast become the world’s burger capital and Bulletproof Burgers is another reason for lovers of meat in a bap to be cheerful. Everything is made from scratch and slammed into greatness. Their words not ours. Though we’d be inclined to agree.
2. Sweet Afton
Formerly Irene & Nan’s & more recently Shiro, this Brunswick Street venue has been reborn as Sweet Afton. It’s a great spot for a bite to eat and some drinks to wash it down with.
They’re part of an impressive quartet along with Rita’s, The Perch and Chinawhite in the Linen Quarter. In fact, without them would there even be a Linen Quarter?
3. Five Guys
When Five Guys Burgers and Fries opens on Monday December 7 they’ll be creating 50 new jobs. In the meantime they’ve been creating one helluva hype as Belfast burger lovers are drooling at the prospect of the US chain coming to our wee city.
4. Kua ‘Aina
A long-standing Hawaiian restaurant favoured by President Obama is on its way to Belfast. Kua ‘Aina which was established in Hawaii in 1975 has two restaurants in London and has chosen Belfast as its third base in the UK. They’re due to open to the public in the second week in December.
As well as some unique and amazing dishes straight from the lava grill, they’ve also got Hawaiian beer on tap. You’ll bump into us there around once a week.
Having started life as a floating restaurant on board the Belfast Barge, Holohans have made the move onto dry land at University Road where they offer fantastically fresh, locally sourced, beautifully handled and exquisitely served Irish food. You don’t have to wear a hat to get in but it helps.
6. Thyme Deli
This new eaterie in Church Lane is aimed at the breakfast and lunchtime trade. Having started out the original Thyme Deli with his business partner in Andersonstown, Tony Rice has gone out on his own to bring the concept to the city centre. Freshness and variety are the key selling points at this delicatessen set in cosy, yet spacious premises decorated by some wonderful artwork by Off The Wall Creations.
With the festive season upon us, Tiger has made a timely arrival in the city centre and their perfect stocking fillers and gifting gems are sure to bring miles of smiles to families, loved ones and work colleagues this Christmas.
8. Acton & Sons
Acton & Sons serves up a divine menu all throughout the week. This newly revamped bar in the expanding Linen Quarter of Belfast, also has one of the most excellent drinks menus available.
Renowned for its US classics, including a range of burgers with titles such as The Atomic and The Onionator, it also does chicken dishes, salads, hot dogs and milkshakes.
10. Tony & Jens
A new eatery plying grub that is both healthy and tasty. For example, pictured above is the handiest, healthiest grab & go brekkie slice that is essentially a bowl of porridge with fresh berries.
Formerly Beatrice Kennedy, the restaurant has undergone a major transformation to become Buskers where you can eat your dinner under the watchful gaze of Joe Strummer and Amy Winehouse. The food remains of the same high standard associated with the previous name above the door.