Holohans opens second restaurant in Belfast

17th November, 2015

Belfast-based Holohans is set to open a second restaurant in Belfast following a £100,000 investment that will create 12 new jobs in year one. The new restaurant will be known as Holohans Pantry, situated in the Queen’s Quarter. An investment was secured from the Northern Ireland Small Business Loan Fund (the Fund) to help fit out the restaurant.

Emir and Calvin Holohan; Holohans Pantry with Harry McDaid;
Emir and Calvin Holohan; Holohans Pantry with Harry McDaid; UCIT. Picture: Elaine Hill

The highly successful Holohans at the Barge, situated at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, opened in November 2013. The restaurant is a family run business which prides itself on using local produce and updating classic Irish cuisines with a modern twist. The family has decided to open a second restaurant because of growing demand from customers and the success of the Barge.

Calvin Holohan, Head Chef at Holohans commented: “Our first restaurant has been so successful that we’re having to turn customers away. It has created a real buzz and there is the demand for us to open a second outlet.

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The highly successful Holohans at the Barge, situated at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, opened in November 2013. The restaurant is a family run business which prides itself on using local produce and updating classic Irish cuisines with a modern twist. The family has decided to open a second restaurant because of growing demand from customers and the success of the Barge.

The Queen’s Quarter area is an ideal location due to its proximity to Queens University and high footfall.

mir and Calvin Holohan; Holohans Pantry with Harry McDaid;
Emir and Calvin Holohan; Holohans Pantry with Harry McDaid; UCIT. Picture: Elaine Hill

“The Queen’s Quarter area is an ideal location due to its proximity to Queens University and high footfall. It’s a well-known spot with a lot of good restaurants but we feel we offer something different that sets us apart.

Mr Holohan added: “The loan from The Small Business Loan Fund has enabled us to purchase all the necessary kitchen equipment as well as fully furnish the restaurant.”

Eimer Holohan, Head of Marketing said: “We want to build on our two restaurants and create a framework that could be replicated to open additional outlets, not just in Belfast but across Northern Ireland. We are also looking at developing a private function room targeting corporate events, weddings and private events.

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