Sunday 24 September 2017

Profits double to €115,000 at this popular Irish restaurant

Derry Clarke
Derry Clarke

Gordon Deegan

Profits at the Michelin-starred restaurant l'Ecrivain, owned by Derry and Sallyanne Clarke, more than doubled last year to €114,121.

Accounts show that the company which operates the landmark restaurant, Sudberry Trading, recorded the healthy profits as it benefited from the boom in fine dining in the capital.

The Clarkes established l'Ecrivain on Dublin's Baggot Street in 1989 - two years after they had got married - and they celebrated the restaurant's 28th anniversary last Friday.

Sudberry Trading reduced its accumulated losses for a third year running after a number of years in which these had risen.

The accounts show that the firm's accumulated losses - largely made up of non-cash depreciation costs and monies owed to Derry Clarke - fell from €611,019 to €496,898.

Business was boosted by the opening of the Samsung Kitchen at l'Ecrivain in September 2015.

The Samsung Kitchen is a private dining room with its own live kitchen, where Derry Clarke and his team of chefs cook for, and in view of, their customers.

The addition of the new private dining room is reflected in the latest accounts, where the book value of tangible assets increased from €196,695 to €239,605. Staff salaries, inclusive of directors' salaries, decreased only marginally, going from €675,383 to €674,404

L'Ecrivain is only one of 10 restaurants in the Republic to currently have Michelin star status.

The long-established Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, which is situated beside the Merrion Hotel, has two stars.

The other one-Michelin-star restaurants are Heron & Grey at Blackrock Market in Dublin; Ross Lewis's Chapter One, in Dublin 1; the Greenhouse, on the capital's Dawson Street; Aniar and Loam, both in Co Galway; Campagne and Lady Helen, both in Co Kilkenny; along with the House restaurant at the Cliff House hotel at Ardmore, Co Waterford.

The dinner-tasting menu at l'Ecrivain will set you back €90, while the lunch menu costs €45 for three courses.

Irish Independent

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