New coffee venue on the hunt for operator with ‘right blend’

Kiosk to be built this summer at Queen’s Quay

Queen's Quay Belfast Waterfront
CGI of the new Queen's Quay kiosk

Maritime Belfast Trust, the charity promoting the city’s maritime heritage, is searching for an operator with the “right blend of taste, quality, products and commercial acumen” to start trading this summer at a new kiosk on Belfast’s waterfront.

Located on Queen’s Quay between the Odyssey Arena and the Lagan Weir pedestrian bridge, the kiosk is part of ongoing plans to develop Belfast’s historic waterfront as a vibrant and connected experience.

A joint initiative between Belfast City Council, the Department for Communities and Maritime Belfast, the kiosk provides two distinct spaces -one for serving hot drinks and snacks, and one for souvenirs or artisan products such as breads, cheeses or arts and crafts.

Ideally, one operator is being sought to manage both spaces.

Kerrie Sweeney, chief executive at Maritime Belfast, said: “Queen’s Quay was established in the 1840s as the harbour began to expand and became a bustling transportation hub. The railway lines from County Down terminated here and the nearby ferry stops transported shipyard workers across the harbour to work.

“In the past 20-years, however, the arrival of the Odyssey, Titanic Quarter and Titanic Belfast has transformed the area into the hub of Belfast’s entertainment and tourism scene. Thanks to Belfast City Council and the Department for Communities we now have a state-of-the-art kiosk to meet demand in this busy area which is integral to plans for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast’s waterfront.”

The Maritime Mile benefits from high levels of footfall, estimated at over three million annually, including leisure walkers, cyclists, workers, students, residents and visitors.

Jonathan Haughey from lettings agency Lisney, which is marketing the new kiosk said: “At a time when trading conditions have been difficult for the hospitality sector, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of an increasingly popular part of the city.

“Located on the Maritime Mile this promising location is attractive to both locals and visitors. All we need now is an operator with the right blend of taste, quality, products and commercial acumen who can showcase what’s great about this city.”

The kiosk includes awnings to provide shelter as well as display areas for artwork which will be lit up at night. It will be complemented with new planting and seating recently installed by Maritime Belfast.