Beannchor Group To Transform Former Wetherspoon Pub In Lisburn Into New Hospitality Venue
Northern Irish hospitality group Beannchor will transform a former Wetherspoon pub in Lisburn into a new hospitality venue in a £1 million project.
As reported by The Belfast Telegraph, The building, which is located on Lisburn Square, will undergo significant work to become a live music venue and restaurant called The Lark that will create 30 jobs.
Beannchor is reportedly already on site carrying out the transformation ahead of a planned opening at the end of November.
The Lark will reportedly span two levels, including a fully heated and covered outdoor area, with the ground floor reportedly being home to live music from popular musicians and offering patrons an "extensive and creative drinks menu featuring craft beers and cocktails", and the first floor being Beannchor's second 'Yardbird' restaurant, mirroring a similar set up to its Cathedral Quarter sister bar, The Dirty Onion.
The 60-seater "family-friendly" dining venue will reportedly specialise in rotisserie chicken, ribs and wings.
Beannchor Director Statements
Beannchor director Conall Wolsey reportedly said, "We're thrilled to be working with the development team at Lisburn Square again and bringing our expertise to transform the city's former Wetherspoon's pub into a more modern establishment.
"Opening The Lark is a demonstration of the confidence we have in Lisburn and the increasing demand from locals who are searching for premium food, beverage and leisure experiences that match those of Belfast city.
"With this significant refurbishment, we hope the venue will appeal to a wider audience group than its predecessor and further boost the Square's day and night-time economy."
Wetherspoon Spokesperson Statements
Wetherspoon's sports-teamed bar and restaurant The Tuesday Bell operated out of the same site for many years before closing on Christmas Eve, but a Wetherspoon spokesperson reportedly said that the group is still interested in having a presence in Lisburn.
The spokesperson reportedly said, "At present, Wetherspoon is not looking at any other sites in Lisburn, however, we would not rule out returning to open a pub there in the future."
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