Pioneering Derry street food outlet, Pyke ‘N’ Pommes, has been granted planning permission to build a semi-permanent structure along the quay.
The process will see owner Kevin Pyke swap his famous street food van for an up-cycled shipping container.
“I am really excited,” said Kevin. “Not only will it allow me to keep the business open seven days a week but I will be able to expand my menu. There will be a bigger kitchen area and new equipment - I would love to be able to start serving breakfast, lunches and dinners and who knows, I the new structure might allow me to start up a take-away service.”
He added: “As far as I know, once I get the shipping container up and running it will be the first and only of its kind in the North.”
Pyke ‘N’ Pommes celebrated its second birthday last month and since Kevin opened the business it has gone on to be one of the most popular eateries in Derry.
“I was genuinely surprised when the then Derry City Council gave us the green light for the planning permission. The river front is such a nice place so I am naturally delighted that we will have more of a permanent presence in the same spot.”
Fans of Pyke ‘N’ Pommes should know the sight of Kevin’s food van, which he endearingly calls ‘MOE’ because of the vehicle’s number-plate, will still be a common site on the roads around Derry and the North of Ireland.
“Once I get the new structure up and running I will be able to use ‘MOE’ to start taking the van to all of the food festivals I have always wanted to go to.”
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