Wednesday 21 March 2018

Star chef hopes to expand business

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

THEY called him "brave" when he opened his latest restaurant over a year ago as other upmarket establishments were going to the wall.

Yet 16 months later, controversial chef Conrad Gallagher has revealed he is on the move and looking for a bigger premises.

In January 2010, he opened tasting restaurant Salon des Saveurs on Dublin's Aungier Street. But he revealed last night that he plans to move out of his current premises in the next three months.

"We are about 30 seats short here so we're focussing on finding a new venue for our current brand. We're looking for a bigger location and it couldn't be going better," Conrad said.

In 2010 critics had made much of the chef, who has a Michelin star, operating a business without a credit card machine, and in an area not known for fine dining.

However, as soon as business picked up, the machine arrived, along with a sister restaurant, Conrad's Kitchen in Sligo.

This week the 40-year-old revealed that he recently declined an invitation to open another branch of Salon des Saveurs in a major London hotel.

"We had somebody from the hotel come over and dine with us. They really like the concept of a tasting restaurant and invited us over to London. I had to turn them down because I want to concentrate on one restaurant at a time," Gallagher said.

He is also busy with TV3 show 'Head Chef', which began airing on TV3 last Friday night.

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