Have you ever tried a Bogside Buster, a Lundy’s Lunch or a Walls Whopper - if the answer is no then now is the time to try.
Three entrepreneurial local women have just taken the reins at the cafe in the Verbal Arts Centre.
The local eatery has been renamed from Blooms to the ‘Cafe on the Walls’ and Bridin Meehan, Collette Gallagher and Michelle O’Neill say they hope their new venture will be popular with local people and tourists.
All three women previously worked with Peter McKenzie at Blooms, but after Peter took ill in January the opportunity came up for the women to take the business on themselves.
“We are trying to save our jobs,” explained Bridin. “We’ve been over to see Peter in hospital and we are hoping to go and see him again next week. The family have given us their full support fort this.”
The trio decided to rename the cafe to reflect its location on the city’s walls.
“I think ‘Cafe on the Walls’ does what it says on the tin,” said Bridin, “there’s certainly no confusion about where we are.”
As part of the new menu the women have come up with new dishes which have a unique twist and connection to Derry.
These include Lundy’s Lunch (stew), Creggan Crunch (quiche, herb bread and salad), Blazing Brandywell (chicken curry), Flamin Fountain (Chilli Con Carne), Walls Whopper (Lasagne), and the Big McElhome (pulled pork ciabatta).
There is also a selection of similarly named desserts.
“We cannot totally depend on trade from tourists,” said Bridin. “We are also trying to pull in the general public with the hope that if people see a certain dish named after their own area it might bring them up to try it and they will see what else we do while they are here.
“For the tourists we are hoping they will leave here saying there have been to Derry, to the Cafe on the Walls and while they were here they had a Bogside Buster.
“The quirkiness might generate some business.
“We know it’s a very tough for businesses and there is a lot of competition out there.
“We have to strive to be the best. We are unique that we are on the historic Derry walls and we will be giving it our best.”
Cafe on the Walls is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 - 5.
“It’s just a great place to be,” said Bridin “And it is great to be part of the Verbal Arts Centre. So many people come to the cafe because of the centre.
You can follow the cafe on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cafeonthewalls