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Niall McKenna unveils plans for James St South restaurants

Restaurateur Niall McKenna, owner and head chef of Belfast’s renowned James Street South Group, is merging his two iconic restaurants in Belfast city centre as part of a new £300,000 redevelopment project.

The leading hospitality group said it was blending its greatest assets – award-winning dining and customer service – under one restaurant roof to accommodate burgeoning demand from a growing base of local and international visitors for a more bistro-style all-day dining experience.

Among the best restaurants in Belfast, McKenna opened his first landmark James Street South restaurant in 2003, leading a local revolution in classic cooking using seasonal, local produce. His neighbouring Bib Gourmand award-winning James Street Bar + Grill, opened in 2011.

Amalgamating the entire floor space of both restaurants – which will include moving the kitchen – the newly-combined all-new restaurant will provide seating for up to 70 customers in a brand new, relaxed and contemporary setting which will include a bar area and larger kitchen space.