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L'Ecrivan's Clarke aims big as he brings food range to America

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FUTURE PLANS: Sally-Anne and Derry Clarke in L'Ecrivan, they said the Baggot Street restaurant is still going 'steady'.

FUTURE PLANS: Sally-Anne and Derry Clarke in L'Ecrivan, they said the Baggot Street restaurant is still going 'steady'.

FUTURE PLANS: Sally-Anne and Derry Clarke in L'Ecrivan, they said the Baggot Street restaurant is still going 'steady'.

Derry Clarke, who owns Michelin-star L'Ecrivan restaurant in Dublin and is launching an Irish food range in America, said he is not ruling out a permanent move stateside with his wife Sally-Anne if the business takes off.

"I have a food range in Ireland that I'm looking at launching in the US. It's very tempting the way things are over there and I will be flying over in the next couple of weeks to meet a businessman who wants to bring an Irish food range to the American market.

"There's a bigger market over there, which makes business easier with lower overheads. Irish food is very popular over there and I think it would do well. It is burgers, sausages, rashers, sauces and it's in about 100 supermarkets here at the moment."

Asked if he would consider a permanent move, Clarke said: "Never say never. We are not making any decision right at the moment as our brains are not back functioning normally yet. But who knows down the line?"

The popular couple are coping since the loss of their 16-year-old son Andrew Clarke at the beginning of January.

Speaking about business in recent months, Clarke said the Baggot St restaurant was going "steady" but added that customers have been avoiding the restaurant following the tragedy.

"They're not coming in. They feel awkward. And I totally understand why they feel that way, I do. They don't know what to say and so on.

"But at the same time we have a great group of friends who have been very strong and supportive," he added.

Irish Independent