Linen Quarter BID is welcoming the return of hospitality businesses to the historic District.
Following the temporary closure of hospitality business throughout Belfast, the industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. The reopening of renowned cafes, bars, restaurants, and hotels will provide the opportunity for renewal, offering quality experiences for new and returning customers, with enhanced hygiene practices put in place.
The Linen Quarter has benefited from substantial investment in recent years, including £150m on hotels and social spaces. The area is rapidly becoming one of the “must visit” destinations in the city and the new home for hospitality.
Manging Director of LQ BID, Chris McCracken commented, “We are delighted to welcome back hotels and hospitality to the Linen Quarter. Their resilient and adaptive spirit has really shone through, and customers can now return with confidence to enjoy one of the most vibrant areas of the city.”
Hospitality is rooted in the history of the District. Many locations that were once used as linen warehouses in the 19th century, are now populated with bars and restaurants. To support this sense of place, LQ BID have produced a new history of the Quarter, which has been made available on its website and on Wikipedia. Many people visit the District for its heritage, and the new research helps bring to life its vibrant identity.
Chris continued, “In the space of just three years the Linen Quarter has arrived as an exciting new destination. It is remarkable to see how the historic themes of hospitality, transport and innovation have re-emerged to play a central role within the contemporary Quarter and are just as important now as they were back in 19th century.”
Further information on the history of the Linen Quarter can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/