New Restaurant Opens At Belfast's Malone Hotel
A new restaurant has opened at Belfast's Malone Hotel as part of a £250,000 investment.
As reported by The Irish News, the restaurant, which is called Gallery, is the first stage of a three-part refurbishment of The Malone Hotel, which was formerly known as The Malone Lodge.
Upgrades to the hotel's Greyhound bar and rooms upgrades have also been completed, and appointed former Culloden Hotel employee Andrew McConnell has been appointed as The Malone's new executive chef.
Malone Hotel General Manager Statement
The Irish News quotes The Malone Hotel general manager Suzi McIlhatton, who is leading a new management team, as saying, "We really want our new restaurant, Gallery, to become a food destination in its own right.
"Our food offering is exciting, creative and elegant, but more importantly, it's underpinned by an inspirational and memorable guest experience.
"Our new restaurant manager, Darrell O'Hanlon, brings with him experience from North America that has really helped us define our very own style of service that is centred on ensuring our guests are looked after in a manner that's attentive, yet also discreet and relaxed."
Strong Booking Levels
The Malone Hotel has reportedly experienced strong booking levels since it reopened.
The Irish News quotes McIlhatton as saying, "Weekends in particular are proving to be very popular amongst those wishing to enjoy a staycation in the city with so much to do and see within such a short distance of the hotel.
"We've noticed a lot of interest particularly from those in the Republic of Ireland, many of whom are visiting Belfast for the first time and are amazed at what we have to offer."
A Commitment To "Reframe" Hospitality As A Career
The Malone has reportedly hired approximately 30 new employees in recent weeks, with a commitment in place to "reframe" hospitality as a career.
The Irish News quotes McIlhatton as saying, "Hospitality has lost a lot of great talent during lockdown to other sectors, with many being put off returning to it due to the long hours and bad reputation for low pay.
"We have sought to address that by bringing in more staff so no one is having to work longer hours than they want and we have chosen to pay above the market rate to show our team we value the contribution they make. We know if we look after our staff, they will look after our guests."
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