Black and White Hospitality is to open its first Marco Pierre White restaurant in Northern Ireland at the four-star Park Avenue hotel in east Belfast.
The new Steakhouse Bar & Grill will open in October and is expected to create 12 jobs.
The menu will offer a selection of English and French dishes including many of the chef's childhood favourites such as French onion soup, chicken kiev or sherry trifle ‘Wally Ladd', alongside a range of 28-day aged native breed steaks.
Mandy Patrick, managing director of the Park Avenue hotel, said the new venue will provide a timely boost to the wider city economy.
She said: "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.
"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."
Nick Taplin, CEO of Black & White Hospitality, said: "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.
"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.
She added: "Our restaurant reputation was almost entirely based on the quality of the steaks so it makes perfect sense that an operation which has plenty of focus on meat should link in with us."
The hotel employs 70 full time and part time staff.
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