‘To be recognised for doing something different with risky hospitality ventures makes it worthwhile’
Hill Street Hatch is an incubator business that sets out to take the risk out of new hospitality ventures in Northern Ireland.
It works through a pop-up space in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, providing a space, community, and opportunity to test ideas and meet customers face-to-face “without the traditional barriers to entry of set-up, long-term leases and exorbitant rent”.
Using a Joint venture business model, Hill Street Hatch has launched three successful concepts since its creation in December 2020. Each venture has generated profits and positive cash flow, alongside substantial social media traction.
It was founded in 2020 by Ryan Crown and Ema O’Kane.
Ryan is the founder of Crown Creative, an agency that has worked with companies in both Northern Ireland and New York including Marriott Hotels while, Ema has established a career working with Brooklyn Gin as its marketing director.
Speaking about the award, Ryan said: We are only seven months old, selling toasties and sausage rolls and it’s hard to get our concept across, but when it comes to hospitality if you look at the business plans it can be incredibly risky, so we thought we’d do something different and to be recognised for doing right makes it worthwhile. It’s amazing that we get to do something we’re passionate about.”
Ema said: “We moved back from New York during the pandemic and have been living in our own bubble so when someone else recognises the work we’re doing, it is humbling.”