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SNOW Patrol fans will be licking their lips at the thought of a new taco outlet opening in Belfast.

Band frontman Gary Lightbody and guitarist Nathan Connolly are applying for a booze licence for the restaurant set for the city’s popular Ormeau Road.

Six men are listed as being involved in the venture, all named as directors of Belfast Taco Cartel Ltd.

The company was founded in the summer and is set to launch at the new premises.


Belfast County Court is set to hear the application for the licence on Friday – and the band members will be hoping they Just Say Yes.

Also involved in the venture is Andy Rea, head chef at the city centre’s Mourne Seafood Bar and Joe Goudie, who manages Mexican hotspot La Taqueria.

No potential opening date is yet listed but fans are likely to run to the new eaterie for tacos and tequila as soon as the doors open.

Chasing Cars singer Lightbody, 42, from Bangor, Co Down, and Connolly, 37, from Belfast, will only be adding to the buzz on the mid section of the Ormeau Road.

Their restaurant will be the latest edition to the list of independent and international eateries sprouting up on popular main south Belfast arterial route.

Veteran Belfast Councillor Jim Rodgers said: “We will always welcome a new business venture in our city once everything is in place.


“This is a great part of Belfast and hopefully this will work well for all those involved.”

Restaurant critic Joris Minne said with the quality of management and with the backing of the band the venture is “sure to be a success.”

Glasgow-based Snow Patrol are due in Belfast this weekend with two gigs planned at the SSE Arena.

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