A spot at the Waterworks park in North Belfast that had previously been filled by a coffee van still lies vacant despite a new vendor given the go-ahead to begin trading from this week.
The location, that was the home of the Works Coffee Roasters van for six years, has been empty since the former vendors were informed at the end of June their contract would not be renewed “just days before it ends.”
But those who have walked through the park in recent weeks have noticed the spot remains empty, with many taking to social media to post photos asking when a new vendor can be expected to begin serving.
In response to such a post on Twitter, Belfast City Council informed fans of the much-loved Works Coffee van that the new vendor was delayed in opening on the site due to adverse weather conditions this week.
However, it’s hoped that the service will begin from next week.
The Council explained: “Our new vendor was due to start trading from the Waterworks this week, but due to adverse weather conditions & weather warnings did not go on site.
“We’re hopeful that the service will start next week, weather permitting.”
Posting to Instagram on Thursday, August 5, an account named after the Waterworks park said they “can’t believe we still don’t have a vendor.”
They continued: “Why on earth would one contract or licence be cancelled if the new vendor wasn’t ready to take the spot. There should’ve been community consultation as part of the tendering process.”
Owners of Works Coffee, Jim and Claire Mallon, have managed to secure a new pitch following losing their spot at the North Belfast park.
They said they’re “delighted” to be able to continue serving fans of their coffee at St Enda’s Gaelic Club in Glengormley, but added that the last few weeks have been an “emotional rollercoaster.”
Speaking to Belfast Live, Claire Mallon said: “Leaving our old pitch at the Waterworks and under such challenging and sudden circumstances have been extremely difficult and there is not a day goes by that we don’t miss it. It will always be the place where our coffee roasting journey began and will remain special to us.”
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