Restaurant Profile January 2020: The Lighthouse Bistro, Whitehead

Restaurant Profile January 2020: The Lighthouse Bistro, Whitehead

WHEN DID THE RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened the bistro in August 2018. Previous to that, my husband Joni hosted popups in and around Whitehead and Larne, creating tasting menus of up to 10 courses specialising in local produce. We live in Whitehead and were aware this building had become available.... View Article

Restaurant Profile December 2019: Stock Kitchen & Bar, Belfast

Restaurant Profile December 2019: Stock Kitchen & Bar, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? I took it over in July. Before that, it was Mount Charles (George’s of the Market) and then before that, it was Oxford Exchange. We’re open nearly five months and going great; it’s been well received. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE Sixty seats... View Article

Restaurant Profile November 2019: No 14 at the Georgian House

Restaurant Profile November 2019: No 14 at the Georgian House

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? June 10 was our first night, and we opened to the public on June 12. Lunch has been fantastic from day one, and we’re building our trade at night. We just got an award from Georgina Campbell, highly commended in Newcomer of the Year after... View Article

Restaurant Profile October 2019: Café on the Square, Belfast

Restaurant Profile October 2019: Café on the Square, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? October 5, 2019. Having built many restaurants over the years and the love for opening a new restaurant inspired me to open Café on the Square. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE We are located in the heart of Custom House Square as part... View Article

Restaurant Profile September 2019: Overwood at Balloo House, Killinchy

Restaurant Profile September 2019: Overwood at Balloo House, Killinchy

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Overwood at Balloo House has been open since the end of July. The inspiration for Overwood came out of conversations with Danni Barry about a mutual love of beautifully-cooked meats and fish using charcoal and wood, and a longstanding respect of the great grill restaurants... View Article

Restaurant Profile August 2019: Tartine at Distillers Arms, Bushmills

Restaurant Profile August 2019: Tartine at Distillers Arms, Bushmills

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Tartine at Distillers Arms opened on April 9, 2009. Previously, I had been operating my own small restaurant called Watercress above a pub in Ballintoy, but this was only a summer season venture and I closed over the winter months. I had outgrown this and... View Article

Restaurant Profile Summer 2019: Six by Nico, Belfast

Restaurant Profile Summer 2019: Six by Nico, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Six by Nico Belfast opened on March 5. I was inspired to open after making many trips to Belfast and spending time there. There are a lot of similarities to Glasgow, which is where I live and where I have another restaurant. TELL US ABOUT... View Article

Restaurant Profile May 2019: Hara Hillsborough

Restaurant Profile May 2019: Hara Hillsborough

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened in June 2018. We are a husband and wife chef team. We met in 2012 at Chapter One in Dublin where Andy (Turne) was the head chef, and have worked in lots of great kitchens around the world, but always for other people.... View Article

Restaurant Profile April 2019: Church Street, Magherafelt

Restaurant Profile April 2019: Church Street, Magherafelt

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? I signed for the building April 2012. At the time, it was an art gallery downstairs and a gym upstairs so it took a bit of work putting in a kitchen and bar etc but only five weeks later, Church Street was opened. There was... View Article

Restaurant Profile March 2019: Gustoè, Belfast

Restaurant Profile March 2019: Gustoè, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? It opened in early January, just for breakfast and lunch initially to see how trade would go at those times, and then we started to open in the night-time too in late January. We are still working out what days we will open and will... View Article