Pizza joint to open in for­mer bank

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

PIZZA restau­rant Lit­tle Wing — part of the Bean­n­chor Group — is to open in a for­mer bank in Co Down in an in­vest­ment worth £250,000.

Plans have been sub­mit­ted to trans­form the Bank of Ire­land in New­tow­nards into a restau­rant.

The two-storey build­ing on Con­way Square is in the heart of the town, close to Caffe Nero and fash­ion re­tailer Pea­cocks.

The ap­pli­ca­tion for Con­way Square fol­lows on from the Lit­tle Wing launch in Lis­burn ear­lier this sum­mer.

Luke Wolsey, who heads the restau­rant chain and is di­rec­tor at Cathe­dral Leisure, part of Bean­n­chor, said: “We have am­bi­tious ex­pan­sion plans for Lit­tle Wing and have been ex­plor­ing a num­ber of po­ten­tial new restau­rant lo­ca­tions; both Lis­burn and New­tow­nards are ar­eas where we felt there was room in the mar­ket for a qual­ity pizze­ria of­fer­ing.

“The prop­erty is also a beau­ti­ful Grade B listed build­ing, in the town cen­tre, sit­u­ated right in the mid­dle of Con­way Square.”

It is ex­pected that the restau­rant will open this au­tumn, once plan­ning is ap­proved.

The bank’s con­ver­sion will bring Lit­tle Wing unit num­bers to eight and its em­ployee count to 160, with 20 em­ploy­ees in the new Ards restau­rant.

Bean­n­chor Group also in­cludes the lux­ury Mer­chant Ho­tel in Belfast, along with the city’s Bul­litt Ho­tel and a large num­ber of pubs. Mr Wolsey said: “We are ex­cited to sub­mit plans for a new Lit­tle Wing Pizze­ria in New­tow­nards. “We hope the new restau­rant will open in Oc­to­ber, mak­ing this our sec­ond open­ing this year, fol­low­ing the launch of Lit­tle Wing Restau­rant dur­ing the sum­mer.” He added: “We’re proud to be cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs for lo­cal peo­ple and look for­ward to bring­ing a taste of Lit­tle Wing hos­pi­tal­ity to Co Down.” Speak­ing to Belfast Tele­graph sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion Hos­pi­tal­ity Re­view, Con­all Wolsey, di­rec­tor at Bean­n­chor, said Lit­tle Wing will also ex­pand to Eng­land and the Repub­lic.

The Lit­tle Wing restau­rant in Ann Street, Belfast, and (below) Luke Wolsey

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