Sunday 19 November 2017

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna leaves her southside Dublin restaurant

Chef Clodagh McKenna. Photo: David Conachy
Chef Clodagh McKenna. Photo: David Conachy

Eimear Rabbitte

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna is moving her restaurant from Dublin's Blackrock with plans to launch a "new dining experience" in the coming months.

The Dublin-based chef, who opened Clodagh's Kitchen in the southside suburb in 2013, confirmed that she has removed her branding from the venue.

The restaurant temporarily closed at the end of last year to undergo renovations, and was reopened this week under a new name.

"Clodagh has removed her brand from Blackrock and is opening in another Dublin location this year," a spokesperson for the chef confirmed to the Herald.

Speaking about the move, Clodagh said: "With great thought I have decided to move location and to create and develop a new dining concept.

"The exact location will be announced over the next couple of months. I am very excited and so grateful for the support from all of our loyal customers over the years," she added.

The Ballymaloe-trained chef also runs a Clodagh's Kitchen restaurant in Arnotts in Dublin's city centre and used to run the Homemade by Clodagh Food Court at the store before terminating her contract by mutual contract.

Speaking recently about the opening of her standalone restaurant in Blackrock, Clodagh described it as "the hardest six months of my life".

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