New lease of life for belfast bar un­der incoming ten­ants

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY EMMA DEIGHAN

POP­U­LAR Belfast pub Aether & Echo is to re­open next month as The Ber­liner fol­low­ing a £100,000 re­fur­bish­ment.

The venue has gained new lease­hold­ers Conor Quinn and Paddy Duff, who worked in the Linen House en­ter­tain­ment com­plex hous­ing Rita’s, Sweet Afton, The Perch and Chi­nawhite.

They’re tak­ing over the for­mer Deer’s Head venue, and will be leas­ing the bar from land­lords Jar (IRE) Ltd. Mr Quinn said plans for a re­fit at the Lower Gar- field Street bar will be “pretty ex­ten­sive”.

“It will be done in phases, be­gin­ning with a re­fit down­stairs. There are two other parts of the build­ing which we will work on af­ter­wards,” he said.

“We are hop­ing to re-brand the whole build­ing but keep it tra­di­tional in the sense that it will serve food and show sports, but be­come a more com­fort­able bar.”

The Ber­liner will cre­ate 30 new jobs — and Mr Quinn said 15 of those jobs will be up for grabs dur­ing the first phase of work.

At present it is ad­ver­tis­ing for var­i­ous posts while all of the staff from Aether & Echo will be kept on. Mr Quinn is hop­ing The Ber­liner — which is in­spired by the news­pa­per for­mat of the same name — can cap­i­talise on the foot­fall gen­er­ated by neigh­bour­ing projects. “We re­ally hope to es­tab­lish our­selves in the next few years and ben­e­fit from the de­vel­op­ments in the area in­clud­ing the Royal Ex­change and stu­dent res­i­dences,” he said.

Aether & Echo is be­ing re­fur­bished and will re­open as The Ber­liner

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