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Small footprint, big shadow…
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Small footprint, big shadow…

August 18th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Speciality coffee is evolving its own identity and two of Belfast’s earliest adopters are Ben Craig and Simon Johnston, whose Root and Branch brand is gaining good traction in the city. Ben has been speaking to Russell...
Growth rate at risk as Brexit looms large?
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Growth rate at risk as Brexit looms large?

June 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
With Brexit negotiations now underway, there are fears that the any new arrangement which impinges on the free movement of labour across the EU could impact adversely on growth levels within the NI hospitality sector. While the...
The art of thinking small
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The art of thinking small

May 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
At the age of 31, experienced chef, Tim Brunton, faces a new challenge as he helps hotelier, Ken Sharp, establish himself as the new owner of the acclaimed Boat House restaurant in Bangor. Ken Sharp purchased the award-winning...
Chasing the next big thing
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Chasing the next big thing

May 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
  Ryan Lavery may have found his chosen career in the hospitality trade almost by accident but the 22-year-old Belfast bartender couldn’t be happier… These days, Ryan Lavery looks after The Loft cocktail bar at The...
Being outside the box…
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Being outside the box…

April 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Canadian-born Nathan Evans came to Northern Ireland 22-years-ago to visit his sister, Sarah. During the visit, he fell in love with the place and has been here ever since. These days, Nathan Evans is an accomplished mixologist...
All plain sailing for Ben
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All plain sailing for Ben

March 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A summer job waiting tables on board the Larne to Cairnryan ferry was enough to convince Ben Munro (27), that a career in hospitality was right for him. These days, Ben Munro works behind the bar at The Dirty Onion in Belfast’s...
Easy does it for David
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Easy does it for David

March 29th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
David Crowe’s new EasyHotel won’t open in Belfast for another year, but already, the veteran property developer is laying plans for a second of the budget venues in another part of the city. He’s been talking to Russell...
Searching for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2017
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Searching for the LCN Community Bar of the Year 2017

March 9th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
  This year’s Licensed & Catering News Awards will, for the first time, recognise those local bars that work hardest to place themselves at the centre of their communities. In conjunction with our media sponsor, Q...
Jean-Christophe Novelli excited by Belfast debut
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Jean-Christophe Novelli excited by Belfast debut

March 7th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Jean-Christophe Novelli (56), the world-renowned French chef who will open his only Irish restaurant at the City Quays hotel in Belfast next year, has told LCN that he sees the launch as an opportunity to “raise the bar” for...
Who let the dogs in?
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Who let the dogs in?

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Dogs are part of the family in around 320,000 homes across Northern Ireland – but is it a good idea to allow owners to bring their pooches with them when they go for a meal or a drink in your venue? Deciding to allow dogs...
No place like home for Chris
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No place like home for Chris

February 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Chris McGowan’s culinary CV reads like a who’s who of the London restaurant scene. These days, however, he’s more than happy to work on his own doorstep in County Armagh with his family close at hand… Chris and Davina...
Back on the rise
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Back on the rise

January 30th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
It’s been an encouraging year for drinks giant, Diageo and while there may well be uncertainty ahead, Jorge Lopes is keeping a customary cool head… Now valued at more than $60bn, Diageo is the largest drinks company in the...
The old dog’s new trick
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The old dog’s new trick

January 27th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Ken Sharp’s plans for Bangor’s Boat House restaurant, which he acquired in the autumn of last year, involve a much closer working relationship with near-neighbour, The Salty Dog, which he also owns. Ken has been speaking to...
Varying degrees of up…
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Varying degrees of up…

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
A rising tide doesn’t always lift all the ships and so it is with the hospitality trade. Colin Neill has been talking to Russell Campbell about the economy, the effects of Brexit and continued concerns over taxation and the...
A passion for people
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A passion for people

January 26th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Bill Wolsey is a realist who isn’t afraid to speak out when it feels an issue demands it. At heart, however, he remains an optimist with an unfailing belief that the success of any business depends on the passion of those...
Passion unlimited…
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Passion unlimited…

January 25th, 2017 | by LCN Editor
Guinness tapped into the growing renaissance in the craft beer sector in late 2015 when it opened the doors of its experimental brewery in Dublin to the public. With the open nights now regularly booked out and a steadily growing...