Two new restaurants are to open in Belfast.

Restaurateur Niall McKenna is expanding the James Street South Group and as a result will create 55 new jobs for the city.

One of the new eateries is scheduled to open as soon as next month.

Cast and Crew, located in a former bank premises opposite the iconic Titanic Belfast centre, will offer the James Street South Group signature menus of the finest, locally sourced seasonal produce available.

The 90- seater restaurant – which will be the first of its kind in the Titanic Quarter – is one of two new restaurants which to be opened by Niall in the city and will employ 25 staff. The second, as yet unnamed premises on Belfast’s Donegall Quay will start service late next year, creating 30 new jobs in the city.

Niall McKenna

Niall McKenna

Niall, chef and owner of James Street South, The Bar+Grill and Hadskis said the new ventures are a further endorsement of the strength of the hospitality industry here.

He added: “Belfast has a well-deserved reputation for food excellence and we are looking forward to building on this with two more establishments that will continue the James Street South ethos.

“The new restaurants, coupled with our commitment to ensuring the next generation of hospitality excellence through our Apprentice Scheme, underline the work we’ve done over the years to showcase Belfast as a food destination for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who come here each year and the many visitors we hope to welcome in the future.”

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