Restaurant Profile October 2017: The Grouse, Ballymena

Restaurant Profile October 2017: The Grouse, Ballymena

WHEN DID THE GROUSE OPEN? My husband Eugene opened The Wee Grouse in 1982 and then The Grouse in 1986, which also included an upstairs and a nightclub. Every eight to 10 years, he’s done a major restructure or refurbishment and the last one was last year, with a lot... View Article

Restaurant Profile September 2017: Café Riva, Larne

Restaurant Profile September 2017: Café Riva, Larne

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Jan 2014. My wife Angela had wanted to open a coffee shop and I am an amateur chef. This opportunity came along and, even though it was much more than a coffee shop, we decided to give it a chance. The rest is history. TELL... View Article

Restaurant Profile August 2017: The Gallery, Belfast

Restaurant Profile August 2017: The Gallery, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened in June 2017. I love New York’s meatpacking district and I wanted to bring the contemporary metropolitan café style to Belfast. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE There’s a warehouse feel to our space. We have seven metre-high, floor-to-ceiling windows, an elegant... View Article

Restaurant Profile Summer 2017: The Boathouse, Bangor

Restaurant Profile Summer 2017: The Boathouse, Bangor

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? November 2016, in its current guise. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE A beautiful old stone watch house, a former harbour masters’ office, over two floors with a small outside courtyard, catering for 30 covers on the ground floor. WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING... View Article

Restaurant Profile May 2017: La Taqueria, Belfast

Restaurant Profile May 2017: La Taqueria, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? September 2016 WHAT CAREER PATH DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO THIS STAGE? I met Andy Rea in Roscoffs in 98/99 and then went on to work in Dublin. I came back and worked at Shu for four years before moving to Montreal where I... View Article

Restaurant Profile April 2017: Oliver’s, Newtownards Road, Belfast

Restaurant Profile April 2017: Oliver’s, Newtownards Road, Belfast

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened the doors on Friday the 13th of May 2016, coming up to our 1st Birthday. Peter Oliver McCloskey the owner and renowned barber wanted to expand his empire ranging from barber shops, coffee houses to restaurants. TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE.... View Article

Restaurant Profile March 2017: Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, L/Derry

Restaurant Profile March 2017: Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge, L/Derry

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? I opened Browns Restaurant and Champagne Lounge with my business partner Marcus Roulston in 2009 TELL US ABOUT THE SPACE YOU HAVE We have a restaurant which seats 65 diners and a lounge area which seats around 30 WHAT FEEL ARE YOU AIMING FOR? Having... View Article

Restaurant Profile February 2017: Dormans, Magherafelt

Restaurant Profile February 2017: Dormans, Magherafelt

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? It first opened in 1905 and since has grown and evolved, most recently after an extensive refurbishment and a substantial investment from Henry and Teresa McGlone in 2016. It is now in it’s fourth generation with Henry and Teresa’s sons Conor and Ryan being involved... View Article

Restaurant Profile January 2017: Square Bistro, Lisburn

Restaurant Profile January 2017: Square Bistro, Lisburn

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? Together with my wife Cristina, our restaurant opened in October 2006 and we have just celebrated our 10-year anniversary this year. My inspiration came from my late father who passed away in 2005; he always taught me to work hard and your rewards will be... View Article

Restaurant Profile December 2016: Entrada by Barry P. O’Brian, Derry

Restaurant Profile December 2016: Entrada by Barry P. O’Brian, Derry

WHEN DID YOUR RESTAURANT OPEN? We opened at the beginning of October 2016 as Entrada, which is Spanish for gateway. We are not a Spanish restaurant but Spanish led. The entrance to the restaurant was the gateway for Spanish sailors checking in to the former Custom House and is a... View Article