Cafe Bar Autumn Launch

Press Release: Belfast’s award-winning arts venue, the MAC, has today launched its new Cafe Bar which has been carefully planned to account for COVID regulations.

A specially curated Autumn menu has also been designed by Head Chef, Gareth Curran - formerly of Mount Charles who has over 30 years experience in the catering industry - and features a range of tasty options for all the family.

Speaking at the launch of the new MAC Cafe Bar, Gareth said: “We’ve spent the last few months, whilst we’ve been closed, revamping and refreshing our Cafe Bar and developed a menu that is in keeping with the warm welcome visitors have come to expect here at the MAC.

“Our new Cafe Bar is a friendly place for visitors to think, work, hide, unwind and of course indulge, so we look forward to welcoming everyone here to enjoy what we have on offer. The new menu features affordable children’s lunches, all-day brunch and home-baked buns and cakes, all made daily by the team here.”

Since its opening in 2012, the MAC has become a cultural hub and a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The venue is a registered charity and reinvests the revenue generated through the cafe bar to produce its eclectic programme of visual art, theatre, dance, family workshops and more, for arts and culture lovers across Northern Ireland.

Gareth added: “All revenue raised through the MAC’s Cafe Bar goes into creating connections between people and art. So when you next visit for a coffee or bite to eat, know that you are doing your bit to secure the future of Northern Ireland’s leading cultural venue.”

Safety of customers, staff and visitors is a priority at the MAC and the team has put in place a number of measures to ensure a comfortable and safe visit for their customers, including carefully planned social distancing tour routes.

“We’ve made some changes to how we do things, but visitors can expect the same warm welcome and great hospitality during their time with us. As the only arts and cultural venue to reopen in the Cathedral Quarter so far, we believe the visitor experience at the MAC is more important now than ever,” Gareth concluded.

The Cafe Bar is open alongside the MAC galleries from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday so pop in for lunch, brunch, coffee or pastries to sit in or to go, walk-ins are encouraged and booking is not required.