Popular Belfast watering hole sold in multi-million pound deal for boutique hotel transformation


A popular bar in Belfast’s city centre has been sold in a multi-million pound deal and if plans are given the go ahead, could be transformed into a 100-bed hotel.

The Frames Complex in Little Donegall Street, has reportedly been acquired by a group which owns a selection of bars and is headed up by businessman Paul Langsford, who has been in the bar trade for more than 20 years.

The building, which dates back to 1896 and is part listed, could be turned into a 100-bed hotel, with rooftop bar, if plans are given the go ahead.

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Currently it’s owned by Gracemount Enterprises and as well as the popular Titanic Kitchen Bar, the triangular shaped island building is also home to a function room, a barber’s shop, gym, pool and snooker floor and sunbed suite.

It is thought to have been sold for more than £2m.

The five-storey building already has planning permission for a conversion to 18 apartments and a number of retail units.

A spokesman for Gracemount told the Irish News said it will be ‘business as usual’ until next April.

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