The Northern QTR, a new collection of pop-up restaurants at Belfast International Airport (as part of a £1 million investment by catering and facilities management giant Mount Charles), has landed!
The redevelopment has created 70 jobs and features four innovative food and beverage companies including; Coco Diablo Mexican Cantina and the popular all-Irish brand Freshly Chopped, where healthy fast food is created in open-theatre chopping stations.
The facilities also feature a refurbished Fed & Watered unit offering a range of both tasty and locally sourced food, as well as a new 24-foot long 360 degree bar.
Mount Charles’ head of sales & marketing Gavin Annon said: “Our aim was to completely overhaul the existing units to create a food and beverage offering that would enhance the customer experience and rival any top tier airport in the UK. We are confident the Northern QTR will deliver this.”
Brian Carlin, director of commercial development at the airport, added: “These bright modern outlets offer a great range of options, and with more than six million passengers travelling through the airport this year, we’re sure the Northern QTR will be a huge hit with our passengers.”
The launch will be raising money for 2 UK charities, Angel Wishes and DBA UK, and Faye Annon, grand-daughter of Mount Charles’ chairman Trevor Annon was in attendance to represent these charities. The 4-year-old has a condition named as Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA), a rare bone marrow failure disorder which means her bone marrow does not produce enough red blood cells to sustain her life, and she relies on the general public to donate blood so that she can receive transfusions every three weeks.
Mr Annon said: “As we begin our journey with the Northern QTR, we are also on a journey to find a cure for this remarkable little girl. We are trying to find a match for Faye to have this life-changing bone marrow transplant, and while not a cure for DBA, it will exclude the need for blood transfusions.”