Neighbourhood Cafe on the move from temporary home

Neighbourhood Cafe on the move from temporary home

Belfast coffee shop Neighbourhood is on the move  from the Cathedral Quarter to Donegall Street and a unit at the recently revamped Church of Ireland House next to St Anne’s Cathedral.

Oisin McEvoy and Ryan Crown were forced to abandon their original Donegall Street café premises after a fire devastated Cathedral Buildings in October 2022 and were subsequently offered a temporary home by Niall McKenna in his former Hadskis restaurant in nearby Commercial Court.

The LCN award-winning chef, who his Waterman and restaurant and cookery school on Hill Street in 2022, said his long-terms plans always involved a new food venture in the Hadskis space.

With Neighbourhood set for a return to Donegall Street, Mr McKenna confirmed he will soon launch his latest hospitality outlet in the former Hadskis unit.

The chef, who also runs James Street South with his wife Joanne, said the head office for their hospitality group will be based on the first floor of the Commercial Court premises, with the new food offering at street level.

Neighbourhood Café has proved a hit with customers in the Cathedral Quarter since launching in in November 2021.

The business is a partnership between Oisin McEvoy, a former manager of Belfast coffee institution Established, and Ryan Crown, who launched the Hill Street Hatch and the Toast Office food ventures after relocating his design business to Belfast from New York in 2020.