Big Name Restaurateurs Ready New 2016 Ventures

By Steve Wynne-Jones
Big Name Restaurateurs Ready New 2016 Ventures

As bookings inevitably dwindle for restaurants in the month after a hectic Christmas period, some of Ireland's new or to-be-opened restaurants can hope to build on a what was a hugely successful year for a lot of restaurateurs in 2015.

The Irish Independent took a look at some of the latest offerings in Dublin and beyond in a shifting restaurant landscape. Hospitality Ireland favourite John Farrell, owner of hip Dublin spots 777, Dillinger's, The Butcher Grill, Super Miss Sue and Luna, is involved with the design of a new (unnamed) restaurant in Dublin's Camden Street, which is being opened by Karl Whelan and Will Dempsey, and is being described as 'a Chinese version of 777'.

Sunil Ghai, the award-winning chef of the hugely popular Ananda restaurant in Dundrum, will open his own venture, Pickle, in January. Ghai will stick to what he does best, offering traditional Indian food with local ingredients.

Restaurants that opened doors before the new year such as Locks (which changed hands last year), Bastible on South Circular Road and Richmond, have all enjoyed success since opening.

Outside of Dublin, chef couple Nicola Curran and husband Josef Zammit will open Two Cooks in Sallins, Kildare this month. James Sheridan and Soizic Humbert will seek to build on the huge success they had with the Blackrock Market Canteen with something similar in Cellbridge.