Posted on Thursday 27 August 2015 by Ulster Business

Marco pierre white sets up in east belfast hotel

An East Belfast hotel has been unveiled as the venue for Marco Pierre White’s first restaurant in Northern Ireland.

The celebrity chef is to open the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in the Park Avenue Hotel in October.

It will serve “timeless English and French classics”, from French onion soup to sherry trifle and will be part of a chain of restaurants already up and running in Dublin, London and cities throughout the UK.

Nick Taplin, the CEO of Marco Pierre White’s holding company Black & White Hospitality, said the hotel had been chosen after careful consideration.

“With my team I have explored the potential for our first ever Northern Ireland restaurant for some time, but it was crucial that we found the right partner to bring it to life,” he said. “The Park Avenue Hotel is an excellent fit as it offers us a great space in an ideal location and we hope the people of Belfast will enjoy what we are bringing to the city.”

The Park Avenue Hotel has been in the same family since it opened in 1959. Mandy Patrick represents the third generation of the Stephens family and believes the arrival of the restaurant is a big boost to confidence for the Northern Ireland economy.

“I am delighted that this project is now going ahead. It is a huge expression of confidence in Belfast as a place to do business,” she said. “Attracting internationally acknowledged brands like Marco Pierre White means Belfast and the Park Avenue Hotel are directly linked into a global marketing network which drives the tourism and hospitality sector.”

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