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Lease Agreement and Licensing for new Belfast Restaurant

Exterior of Edo Restaurant Belfast

Edo‘, the latest tapas-style restaurant to open its doors in Belfast, is owned and operated by Jonny Elliott – former chef at London’s ‘Restaurant Gordon Ramsay’.

MKB Law acted for Jonny in regards to the lease agreement with the landlord and in obtaining a restaurant licence.

The 58 seater restaurant is located on the ground floor of Capital House and faces on to Upper Queen Street. The building was built in 1979 and was home to BT before being refurbished in 2000 to provide office and retail space.

The building currently houses the likes of Diageo and retailer Matchetts Music; the addition of a restaurant now introduces a hospitality element to the building.

MKB Law assisted with the lease agreement for the unit and licensing for the restaurant, which included a Children’s Certificate – allowing the restaurant to serve alcohol and admit persons under 18 to occupy the premises.

Maria Conway, Director at MKB Law, comments: “Jonny is a renowned chef, having worked in various European locations, and wanted to bring his skills and experience back to Belfast. He approached MKB Law to undertake the legal element of the project, and we were delighted to be involved. We provided a prompt and efficient service, allowing Jonny to focus on other important elements in preparation for the launch of his new business”.

MKB Law’s Business teams will provide guidance and assistance in relation to property and business leases, licensing, and franchising agreements. For further information, please contact us on 028 9024 2450 or email

Published 25 October 2017. Additional Information: Belfast Telegraph

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