Posted on Friday 16 August 2013 by Ulster Business

Albany

Project team Graham O’Donnell, O’Donnell O’Neill Design Associates, Eve Wallace, Marketing Manager The Albany and Steven Young, McCue’s Fit Out

A popular Belfast bar is being redeveloped to the tune of £700,000 creating 50 new jobs.

New owners at the The Albany, formerly TATU & Lily's, have recruited award winning designers O'Donnell O'Neill Design Associates to restore and build upon the original striking architectural design of the bar.

The unique design concept has turned the previous layout on its head, developing a bar within a bar with the Lisburn Road venue becoming both classical and theatrical. The new management which has overseen the creation of the successful Filthy McNasty's and el divino have also purchased the adjacent retail site to The Albany and plan to develop a licensed patisserie with a rooftop garden on the first floor as part of phase two of the project.

Paul Langsford, Director at Albany, said, "This bar has enormous potential and our team is investing considerable time and expertise in developing an atmospheric environment within our exciting new venue which provides a real alternative to the city centre bar scene.

"In recent weeks and months we have seen the important role that a thriving hospitality sector plays in the development and growth of the local economy through visitor numbers, tourism and employment. Following our investment in el divino and Filthy McNasty's, this initiative is new and a very different concept which will create an initial 50 skilled jobs requiring a number of staff to engage in specific training in London to hone their skills.

"Situated where it is, The Albany is a great location for a dynamic thriving bar and this investment will not only bring an economic boost to the South of the City but also to the wider hospitality sector within Belfast."

Completion of the refurbishment and re-opening of the venue will be in September with phase two of the project expected to commence early in the new year.

Commenting on the bar's new features, Graham O' Donnell at O'Donnell O'Neill Design Associates said, "The design will be in keeping with the venue's South Belfast location and our team has drawn on recent projects it has completed across the US to create a dramatic and exciting new outlay. The Albany will be very customer orientated, experiential and atmospheric.

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