Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Nick's Warehouse: Pioneering Belfast restaurant to close after 24 years

Owner Nick Price selling on his city centre restaurant

Nick Price of Nick's Warehouse in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
Nick Price of Nick's Warehouse in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

The restaurant which helped launch Belfast's culinary revival is to close its doors after 24 years.

Nick's Warehouse, located in the ever-expanding Cathedral Quarter, is to shut after its owner Nick Price announced he was retiring.

Price started his aptly-named and multi-award winning restaurant in 1989, offering those in the city and beyond a high standard of eating in casual and relaxed surroundings.

Some 26 staff are set to lose their jobs as a result of the restaurant shutting up shop.

It's understood the eponymous eatery will close next month before being turned into a pub by its new owners.

Establishing itself as a hotspot for business types in the early 90s, Number 35 Hill Street forged a position as the place 'to lunch'.

As the chef who started Belfast’s restaurant renaissance, Nick's opened its doors in the city's now up-and-coming Cathedral Quarter area.

It soon established itself as one of Northern Ireland's most forward-thinking and progressive restaurants - proving to the deluge of venues to follow that the city had an acute palate and in interest in the culinary.

The Belfast Telegraph's restaurant critic, Joris Minne had a fresh reflection on the eatery in 2010.

"And in the beginning there was Nick’s. Back in the mists of pre-ceasefire Northern Ireland there was a part of central Belfast given over to the ravages of urban decay...", he said.

"...Nick and his wife Cathy have outlived the yuppies and many other social phenomena in between and the restaurant has grown.

"It is fair to say that this lovely big ground-floor brasserie with its light industrial feel and posher, more intimate upstairs restaurant collectively represent the birthplace of Northern Ireland’s new-generation culinary identity."

While in the last decade the Cathedral Quarter - Belfast's very own 'Temple Bar' complete with cobbled streets and bohemian vibe - has seen a massive upsurge in top restaurants and watering holes, Nick's Warehouse has retained its unquestionable reputation.

 

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