The FX Buckley restaurant group has opened a new shop in Dublin city centre serving up premium meat and gourmet groceries.
Located next door to the FX Buckley restaurant on Pembroke Street, FX Buckley: Victualler and Grocer opened in late February, shortly before the pandemic lockdown.
Co-owner Stephen Buckley said: "The only people who passed our doors were guards trying to find out why people were in town.
"I said to the guys we'll give it a week and if it doesn't work, we'll close up. And then we started doing a lot of deliveries and it went quite well," he added. "The beef is the same standard as the restaurant. Our regulars in the restaurants have been quite loyal to us."
The business spread by word of mouth with deliveries made in Dublin 2, 4 and 6.
The company may replicate the shop at its restaurant in Monkstown, where it recently opened a pop-up shop for a period.
Around 95pc of the stock is from Irish suppliers with products including premium meats, artisan cheeses, pates, speciality butters, smoked salmon and fresh breads.
"Our model is not to be super expensive, we're slightly more expensive than a regular butcher but the quality is much higher," said Buckley. "And I think people are buying less meat but looking for much higher quality.
The FX Buckley restaurants are owned by father and sons Des, Stephen and Brian Buckley, who are the fifth and sixth generation in the family business. In addition to the restaurants on Dublin's Pembroke Street and Monkstown, they have a restaurant on Crow Street. They own the Bull and Castle restaurant and bar near Christ Church and Ryan's Victorian pub on Parkgate Street, with an upstairs steakhouse.
Buckley's cousin Daragh runs FX Buckley Butchers on Talbot Street, Nutgrove and Deansgrange and his uncle Paddy runs the butchers on Moore Street.
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