In a similar vein, Hudson's recent turn is all down to one simple, family related, change.
I guess it is a good sign in a way that these aren't some global-mega-chains that can just parachute in people to take over, and instead proof they were run by locals.
Sadly it looks like with the Dublin Road as a whole will be far less welcome to local owners than globalism forces - We've already got the prerequisite Nando's, Weatherspoons, and Tesco who can weather a family loss.
It'll be fascinating to see any gentrification set in Belfast - many still feel it has that underdog quality, but sadly in those glitzy consultations, it simply is a naive way to view a cash cow that has "growth opportunities" (in sales of brown envelopes).
I can't wait for the scandal* to be exposed in a few years - it's just a shame such harm and loss will take place in the meantime, and all the while we lose places like the All Seasons.
The new cafe looks good, but we've seen a lot of closures of artisan cafes and replacement with Caffe Nero or Starbucks - it'll be interesting to see how long it can survive, given you're removing reasons like the cinema to hang around the area and not drink alcohol...
*(It would be interesting if it turns out we know people who were involved in it, or were well aware of what was going on...)