New continental food market to open in vacant Dublin church

A new indoor food market is set to take over the long-neglected St Andrew’s Church in Dublin.

New continental food market to open in vacant Dublin church.

According to the Irish Times, the Martin Barry Group has taken out a lease on the vacant St Andrew’s Church in Dublin.

The currently vacant church is the backdrop for the famous Molly Malone statue that sits on Dublin 2’s Suffolk Street.

Reports have shown that the group wish to have the landmark church open as a food hall and multipurpose event space by early 2025.

New continental food market to open in empty Dublin church – an exciting addition to Dublin’s food scene

New continental food market to open in vacant Dublin church.
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The Martin Barry Group plans to bring life to the currently vacant St Andrew’s Church in Dublin 2’s Suffolk Street with a new continental-style indoor market.

The group currently operates food halls around Europe. This includes two in Prague and one in Berlin, as part of the Manifesto Market brand. These food halls showcase different cuisines from all over the world.

The Manifesto brand is well established across Europe, praised by the Financial Times for “its ability to help transform urban areas”.

With a shocking number of derelict or abandoned buildings all over Dublin, this new food market will be a welcome addition to the city’s food and hospitality scene.

What to expect – cuisine from all over the world & more

What to expect.
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The company running the new food hall said in a statement that there would be space for 12 food vendors at the Dublin site. This site will be a little smaller than its European sister locations.

The food on offer will include a mix of “small and medium independent chefs, restaurateurs and operators” and “first-time businesses with novel concepts, as well as established chefs with fine dining experience”.

Before being taken over by the Martin Barry Group, St Andrews Church has been owned by Fáilte Ireland since 2012. It was previously used as a tourist centre.

With its prime location as the backdrop of Dublin’s iconic Molly Malone statue, we can’t think of a more perfect location for a new food site to draw in visitors.

Manifesto Markets – well established in Europe

The ew continental food market to open in vacant Dublin church is run by Manifesto Markets.
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The brains behind this operation are Martin Barry, a New York-born entrepreneur and his wife Hollie Lin, formerly the GCR Partnership lead in Tokyo.

The pair opened the first Manifesto Market in Prague in 2018. You might be wondering, why Ireland? Well, according to The Irish Times, Martin Barry has family connections in both Sligo and Galway.

The Dublin market will not only host a number of exciting food vendors. It will also showcase art exhibitions, movie screenings, cookery classes, and some community-driven events.

Does this new market sound like something you would visit? Let us know in the comments!

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