First cafe at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to be named Unity Kitchen Cafe
The first café on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be operated by the Camden Society and named Unity Kitchen Café.
It will be one of four permanent cafes and four permanent kiosks across the 560 acre site and will be the first to open in July. Alongside the Café there are two community rooms, which will be run by Community Links.
The London Legacy Development Corporation has said that all permanent sites will be required to sign up to the Food Legacy Pledge and the Healthier Catering Commitment, both of which are supported by the London Food Board.
Rosie Boycott, Mayor of London's food advisor and chair of the London Food Board said: “London's Games raised the bar in terms of serving up food that met high standards, not only in terms of taste but also through a commitment to improved food quality and animal welfare. This showed that good catering can be achieved even when working to tight commercial budgets. We adopted these standards at City Hall and urged others to do the same, so I am delighted that visitors to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park's Unity Kitchen Café will continue to enjoy tasty grub served up by a company that's committed to providing good food.”
Unity Kitchen Café will be in the north of the Park at the newly built Timberlodge. It has space for up to 80 indoor diners and a further 100 at table seating outside.
Timberlodge has views across the Park on three sides; south into the Park towards the Stadium, north-west over the river and north across the playground and is situated on the main east to west route through the Park.
Additional temporary cafés and restaurants could be added, across the Park there is scope for a further café close to the bridge to Westfield Stratford City, a floating restaurant on the waterways, a large restaurant or bar on the highest point in the Park, known as the Belvedere and a variety of food festivals, mobile carts and pop up dining experiences.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opens in phases between July 2013 and spring 2014, it will be a whole new part of the city to enjoy and will provide jobs and homes for east London.