Tuesday 17 July 2018

A culinary tour of McKillen Jnr's empire of pulled pork and pizza

Paddy McKillen Jnr's Press Up Group seems intent on mopping up all of Dublin, writes restaurant critic Lucinda O'Sullivan

WOWBURGER: Popular burger chain owned by McKillen.
WOWBURGER: Popular burger chain owned by McKillen.

Lucinda O'Sullivan

With some 30 watering holes in its Dublin portfolio, by way of restaurants, hotels, cocktail bars and burger bars - and more in the pipeline - Paddy McKillen Jnr's Press Up Group is reportedly considering a stock market flotation to help finance its rapid expansion.

What some see as the virtual takeover of the Dublin dining scene has moved with the speed of a hurricane in recent times, with Matt Ryan and Liam Cunningham, who work for McKillen's father, developer Paddy McKillen Snr, as directors of its parent company, Isle of Man registered Keillan.

With a turnover of €52m last year, and having recently taken over old stalwarts like Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar, best known for its iconic chicken wings; Wagamama, one of the first casual Japanese Asian eateries to hit Ireland; and Residence, the former private members' club set up by the Stokes twins on St Stephen's Green, they plan to open at least nine more ventures in 2018.

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