A group of hospitality entrepreneurs in Belfast have said that they will spend £1m to regenerate the city’s landmark Fountain bar.
Clover, which is also behind Margot, the newly-opened art deco-themed bar in Donegal Square East, said that this latest investment will bring 40 new jobs to the city.
The investment in the Fountain complements other planned new developments in the vicinity including a new 174-bedroom hotel and Grade A office scheme on the site of the Norwich Union building, which has been submitted for planning.
The men behind this latest scheme are veteran hospitality developers, Mark Beirne and Paul Langsford along with leisure entrepreneur, Jim Conlon and Boojum co-founder, Andrew Maxwell.
Local Interior design firm, O’Donnell O’Neill is working closely with the Clover group on the proposed refurbishment. Commenting on the design, its creative director, Graham O’Donnell said:
‘Our approach is to design a user-friendly and comfortable city centre pub that has an established feel and an inherent charm and character. The new Fountain will be bigger with improved facilities and will appeal to all.’
Andrew Maxwell of Clover described The Fountain as an established bar, ideally located with enormous potential, and added:
‘We want to enhance the outstanding features of the bar and its location, maintaining its traditional integrity for existing and new customers alike.’