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NI trade frustrated by RoI Easter changes
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NI trade frustrated by RoI Easter changes

February 28th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
A recent decision by the Irish parliament to repeal its blanket ban on Good Friday alcohol sales has sparked renewed consternation among traders north of the border, most of whom remain frustrated by our restrictive Easter...
New opening shines a light on NI produce
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New opening shines a light on NI produce

February 26th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Soda & Starch Pantry and Grill opens its doors this month in Derry-Londonderry with the primary aim of showcasing the region’s delicious local produce. The new restaurant is a partnership between its head chef, Raymond...
In good hands
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In good hands

February 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Jorge Lopes believes that survival is not about strength, but adaptability. It’s an ethos that’s helped him and Diageo NI put their best foot forward despite an unpredictable environment… By its own admission, 2017 was a...
Hospitality charity launches NI employee support scheme
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Hospitality charity launches NI employee support scheme

February 5th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
UK drinks industry, The Benevolent, has launched a support programme for employees of the drinks industry in Northern Ireland. The scheme – launched in Belfast on Friday – will offer practical, financial and emotional support...
Village newcomer adds a Mexican touch
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Village newcomer adds a Mexican touch

January 31st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The lack of a solid background in the hospitality trade hasn’t hampered Belfast man, Robert McGregor (33) in his efforts to establish a successful restaurant chain. Robert, who runs his own wholesale beauty supplies business,...
Looking to a new reality
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Looking to a new reality

January 31st, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Rajesh Rana has plenty to keep him occupied in 2018 with refurbishment of existing properties and new build projects both ongoing. His biggest concern, however, remains the mounting crisis in hospitality recruitment. In 2018, the...
Looking to new horizons
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Looking to new horizons

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
2018 is likely to be something of a seminal year for Belfast restaurateur, Tony O’Neill, and his wife, Andrea. By the time you read this, Tony and Andrea O’Neill will probably have opened Buba, their new restaurant in the...
Future-proofing Ireland’s oldest whiskey
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Future-proofing Ireland’s oldest whiskey

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Last year was a pivotal period for Ireland’s oldest whiskey distillery as Bushmills launched an exciting new product and moved ahead with plans for extensive development at its north coast plant. Colum Egan has been telling...
Young cooks have high hopes for Chef Challenge
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Young cooks have high hopes for Chef Challenge

January 30th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Three aspiring young chefs from South Eastern Regional College (SERC) have reached the semi-finals of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge 2018. Team members from the level 2 professional cookery course – Eoin...
The year of the goat
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The year of the goat

January 29th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
The Cathedral Quarter’s latest arrival adds a little more to the fun-loving, off-the-wall aura that pervades the area. But for the Downey group of bars and clubs, tourism is still a serious business… Michele Downey sighs with...
Perpetual motion
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Perpetual motion

January 29th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Judith Owens doesn’t foresee a time when the world won’t want to visit the city in which the great Titanic was conceived. “This is forever,” says Judith Owens without hesitation. The great ship-building heritage of...
Titanic Quarter welcomes a new restaurant
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Titanic Quarter welcomes a new restaurant

January 24th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
A new restaurant has opened its doors in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, creating 10 new jobs. Rain Check, which is in Arc Retail, is owned by Andrew Davison and Graham Johnston, who already have a presence in the complex through...
Boardroom bans issued over Events Company collapse
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Boardroom bans issued over Events Company collapse

January 17th, 2018 | by LCN Editor
Gerry Lennon, the chief executive of Visit Belfast, is among 11 directors who have agreed to accept boardroom bans. The disqualifications are in respect of their conduct as directors of the NI Events Company, a quango which...
Hotel veteran Sir William Hastings dies at 89
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Hotel veteran Sir William Hastings dies at 89

December 15th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Sir William Hastings, founder and chairman of the Hastings Hotels group, has passed away at home surrounded by his family, following a brief period of illness. In a statement this afternoon, the Hastings family appealed for...
Local suppliers help serve up a charity feast
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Local suppliers help serve up a charity feast

December 14th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Belfast-based Ewing’s Fishmongers, a family business based on the Shankill Road, and O’Doherty’s Butchers from Enniskillen recently helped served up a meal fit for a duchess at the star-studded House of Lords v...
Registration now open for IFEX 2018
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Registration now open for IFEX 2018

December 8th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
IT’S just been announced that IFEX – Northern Ireland’s largest foodservice trade expo – is expected to host an additional 500 international delegates from across 12 countries as the event welcomes the World...