The Pocket, one of Belfast’s best known independent speciality coffee shops, has opened a second location in the city’s historic Flatiron building.
The newly refurbished unit is on the ground floor on Upper Church Lane, Belfast. Ten new staff have been employed as a result of the opening, adding to the company’s existing team of 12.
The Pocket first opened in 2015 on University Road in the Queen’s Quarter district and specialises in ethically-sourced single origin coffee and compact, regularly changing breakfast and lunch menus.
Built in the 1860s, the former waterside warehouse has been restored by local owner and investor Wirefox into a high-quality office space over four floors, incorporating retail at ground floor level.
Adjacent to Victoria Square and so-called for its distinctive ‘flat-iron’ shape, creative design companies Big Motive and Fourum are already located within the building, which is also home to one of the city’s most famous pubs, Bittles Bar.
The Pocket is the brainchild of South African coffee enthusiast and café culture expert Richard Evans and his wife and business partner Bailey.
“Belfast is an incredible up-and-coming city which is seeing massive investment from abroad as well as increased local investment. As a growing local, independent business, we’ve built a strong following and we’re delighted to be working with Wirefox as we continue to build our brand and further invest in this great city,” Richard said.
Wirefox Asset Manager, Anton Dummigan, said: “We’re excited that Richard and his team have chosen the Flatiron as part of this next-phase expansion and by the uniqueness and distinctiveness of the brand and experience which he brings to the building and area. We’re delighted to extend our best wishes for their continued growth and success.”