Activity centre owner jumps at chance to open Belfast baked potato restaurant
The owners of activity centre business We Are Vertigo have branched out with the opening of a restaurant specialising in baked potatoes.
Gareth Murphy has opened up Spud Murphy’s at the former Cast & Crew restaurant in Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
The restaurant, a former bank, is close to the Titanic Quarter’s We Are Vertigo Ninja master course and indoor sky-dive opened by the company two years ago.
It’s been empty since Cast & Crew was closed down by chef owner Niall McKenna last year.
The businessman, who runs We Are Vertigo with wife Lorna, said he’d signed up to rent the premises for a year from Belfast Harbour.
The company first opened a trampoline park in Newtownbreda in Belfast five years ago. However, that We are Vertigo site now houses an inflata-park.
Mr Murphy said: “We’ve got restaurants already in our existing premises but the Cast & Crew building was just on the periphery of our site in Titanic.
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“We have got significant investment planned into the Titanic Quarter area - and enhancing our food offering with something that would appeal to tourists and office workers alike seemed a good idea.”
One of the company’s managers came up with the idea of a potato cafe.
“He spent time in Australia working in a spud bar and thought it was a good idea. We thought we could cater to the tourist market - and for 40 years I’ve been called Spud Murphy, so that’s where the name came from,” he said.
Its specialties include Irish stew on a baked potato as well as a breakfast potato.
Mr Murphy added: “It was just an opportunity while it was sitting vacant to enhance the area and allows us to establish this offering for customers and tourists.
“But we’ve had Irish music playing and the tourists seem to be enjoying it - we even had tourists on a tour bus stopping to take pictures of the sign.”