27th September 2022
NI’S BIGGEST LEISURE DESTINATION GETS £15M BOOST
Belfast’s famous Odyssey complex has today announced the signing of three high profile restaurant brands, as part of the waterfront venue’s £15million winter 22/23 relaunch.
Zizzi’s, Nando’s, and Five Guys will all take prominent units within the revitalised riverside food and leisure mall, formerly known as the Odyssey Pavilion. The new restaurants will occupy just under 11,000sq ft of prime space combined (3,400, 4,000 and 3,300 sq ft respectively), creating over 75 new jobs.
The deals will give both Zizzi’s and Five Guys their second city centre locations, following the success of their Victoria Square stores, whilst the Odyssey location will be Nando’s 9th restaurant in Northern Ireland.
It is anticipated that all three restaurants will open in time for February’s half-term holiday. Agents representing the scheme have confirmed that six more tenants are currently under offer to further bolster the offering, which also includes Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl.
Leaseholders, Matagorda2, are behind the large-scale relaunch of the former Pavilion, working in partnership with The Odyssey Trust, who have driven the development of the landmark leisure and entertainment destination over the last two decades.
The arrival of this new tranche of family-friendly restaurants and leisure operators signals a new era for the Odyssey. Transitioning into a complete day-to-night destination for family entertainment, this new chapter will bolster the world-class events and experiences offered by The SSE Arena Belfast, the Belfast Giants, and science and discovery centre, W5.
Guy Hollis, Matagorda2, commented: “We’re really encouraged by the interest in this new era of the Odyssey. Being part of Northern Ireland’s landmark leisure and entertainment destination, situated at the gateway to the world-famous Titanic Quarter, is an exciting proposition for food and leisure brands.
“We’re excited to reveal some of the new names that who will be joining Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl. We look forward to welcoming Zizzi’s, Nando’s, and Five Guys to the scheme and expect to announce a further half a dozen tenants over the coming months. Work is currently under way to accommodate the fitout of units, with our new tenants expected to open their doors early next year.”
Matagorda2 is backed by Alanis Capital Ltd and was advised on the lettings by Finch and McMullen Real Estate. Finch co-founder Nicky Finnieston said:
“We’re seeing high levels of interest, not only in the Odyssey, but Belfast in general, from big names in the restaurant and leisure sectors, which is extremely promising as these sectors bounce back after the pandemic and look to drive regional growth and increase their reach in key cities.
“The Odyssey is a standout venue on Belfast’s famous waterfront and brands are keen to secure space. These family-friendly brands will complement the unique mix currently on offer from current tenants, Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl, alongside the high-profile events and experiences provided by The SSE Arena, the Belfast Giants and W5, fitting with the future vision of the complex.”