The FINANCIAL -- Marqette, a new dining concept based on traditional food markets and employing 110 new permanent staff, has opened for business in Terminal 1.
The food market will be staffed from the local areas of Swords, Portmarnock, Malahide and Drogheda. The €4 million investment evokes traditional outdoor food markets in a new world setting, and will cater for 5,000 customers daily, offering locally sourced, organic produce as well as fresh artisan breads that are baked on site, according to Dublin Airport.
Marqette’s bar area offers comfortable and stylish surroundings in which to catch the latest news or sports scores whether enjoying a craft beer or barista coffee. The new food outlet is expected to generate more than €4.25 million worth of annual sales for the agri-business sector and food producers in North County Dublin.
This latest investment at Dublin Airport follows the launch of the new look Loop in Terminal 1,which opened last March after an €8 million investment.
"Ireland's reputation as a food island is richly deserved and it is only fitting that this is reflected in the airport,” said Marqette's Executive Chef Peter Brennan.“Providing freshly cooked food using the best of what Ireland has to offer is our mission and passion. I believe in cooking great food, simply.
”Michael Thornton, Marqette's General Manager said the outlet “sets a new standard for food service at Dublin Airport, offering customers and staff food to go, food on the slow and food on the fly, which will allow people to take their food on board".
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to welcome Marqette to Terminal 1. “Marqette is a fantastic addition to Dublin Airport. It brings the best of Irish food to our customers in a modern, vibrant and wonderfully-designed setting and I’m sure it will be hugely welcomed by passengers.”
“The opening of Marqette is another major improvement to the overall customer experience in the Loop T1 and its associated facilities, and customers will continue to see further enhancements over the coming months.''
Marqette’s artisan bakery is its piece de resistance offering a wide range of breads and sweet treats including sourdough, focaccia, flatbreads and pastries.
Marqette sources from the best Irish suppliers, including Kettyle Beef, Gubbeen smoked bacon and charcutiere, Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzarella and Oriel sea salt from Clogherhead.
Bumper business is expected at its vintage Citroen van which sells freshly-made omelettes and crêpes and street food served in a Bento Box. The unit can seat 380 people, including an a la carte restaurant seating 65, and offers an extensive kids’ menu, speciality sandwiches and a wide range of hot dishes including chicken from the spit.
The more health conscious consumer can choose from natural vegetable juices and fresh fruit pots, with ‘Free Fruity Friday’ sure to be a big hit with passengers. Other healthy options will include smoked fish, cheese and charcuterie.
Dublin Airport, which is celebrating its 75th birthday this year, has flights to 182 destinations with 56 airlines. More than 16.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the eight months to end of August, which is a 15% increase compared to the same period last year.