Neighbourhood: Popular Belfast café is on the move again

Chef Niall McKenna confirms plans to launch new food venture in his former Hadskis premises

Split image showing Church of Ireland House on the right, and hoarding displaying the Neighbourhood Café branding and stating 'coming soon'.
Neighbourhood Café's new location on the ground floor of Church of Ireland House on the corner of Donegall Street and Academy Street. PICTURES: MAL McCANN

Popular Belfast coffee shop Neighbourhood is on the move again.

The Cathedral Quarter hospitality business is returning to Donegall Street to take on a unit at the recently revamped Church of Ireland House, on the corner of Academy Street 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.

They were subsequently offered a temporary home by Niall McKenna in his former Hadskis restaurant in nearby Commercial Court, which closed in mid-2022.

The well-known chef, who opened fine dining restaurant and cookery school at Waterman House on Hill Street the same year, said his long-terms plans always involved a new food venture in the Hadskis space.

Neighbourhood Cafe in Commercial Court. PICTURE: MAL MCCANN
Neighbourhood Café's current base in Commercial Court. PICTURE: MAL McCANN

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.