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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...
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...
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...
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...
Danni takes on a new challenge
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Danni takes on a new challenge

December 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Former Eipic head chef and Michelin Star winner, Danni Barry has surprised many people by signing up to a new partnership and tackling a restaurant revival project well away from the centre of Belfast… Danni Barry (31) was...
Love at first sight
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Love at first sight

November 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Christopher McQuillan may have initially been a reluctant recruit into the hospitality trade, but the 24-year-old west Belfast bartender was certainly quick to find his feet. Christopher McQuillan (24) was in the news last month...
In search of perfection…
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In search of perfection…

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Thirty-four-year-old Richard Grimsey is a career bartender who has risen through the ranks by dint of his own efforts and now occupies a senior position with the influential Browns Restaurants Northwest group in...
It’s back to work for Jasper
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It’s back to work for Jasper

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Former Boathouse co-owner, Jasper Castel, has swapped award-winning fine dining for a life behind the grill – and more time with his family. Under the stewardship of Dutch brothers, Joery and Jasper Castel, Bangor’s Boathouse...
The Old Inn shines with top AA hotel title
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The Old Inn shines with top AA hotel title

November 1st, 2017 | by LCN Editor
The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn has taken the title of Hotel of the Year in Northern Ireland for 2017/18 at the recent AA Hospitality Awards. The title of Hotel of the Year for NI was presented to The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn during...
Desmond takes charge at the Everglades
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Desmond takes charge at the Everglades

September 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Desmond Morris, the new executive head chef at the Everglades hotel in Derry/Londonderry, may have enjoyed a less frenetic rise to the top than is common in this profession but he still knows exactly what he wants to achieve…...
Life’s just right for Jordan
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Life’s just right for Jordan

September 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Coming from a family with a strong hospitality background, Jordan McGarvey has always been convinced that a job in the trade was for him. Like so many in the trade, Jordan McGarvey realised at a young age that his temperament and...
Equity deal signal new era for coffee shop chain
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Equity deal signal new era for coffee shop chain

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Indigenous coffee shop chain, Bob & Berts has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, but a new deal with equity investors, BGF, heralds the exciting next stage in the group’s expansion plans outside NI… Bob & Berts,...
New era beckons at the Ross Park
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New era beckons at the Ross Park

September 22nd, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A new era is about to dawn at the Ross Park hotel near Ballymena as it prepares for a £500,000 refurbishment programme that includes a bespoke wedding pavilion. Co-owner, Keith Carmichael, has been talking to LCN. Work will...
Tony finds his passion in hospitality
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Tony finds his passion in hospitality

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Tony Cromie (24), is currently assistant manager and mixologist at chic Bangor venue, The Goat’s Toe, but his ultimate ambition is centred on helping other hospitality businesses refine and build their offerings.   Like...
Part of something bigger
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Part of something bigger

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Since its inception, the McKeever Hotel Group’s strategy has always been to invest in smaller, more rural hotels. In July, however, it broke with form and acquired the Dunadry Hotel at Templepatrick. Russell Campbell has been...