Heron & Grey, the Michelin star restaurant in Blackrock Market in Co Dublin , is to close at the end of January and re-open under a new name- 'Liath'.
Co-owner and general manager Andrew Heron, who opened the 22-seat restaurant with chef Damien Grey, is leaving the business in order to spend more time with his family. In April of this year, his wife Jessica gave birth to their first child, Mabel.
Andrew has sold his interest in the restaurant to Damien, who will become sole owner and plans to re-open the premises as Liath restaurant on March 1st. Liath will follow the Heron & Grey template of a no-choice tasting menu, with 10 courses costing €78. The name, meaning “grey” in Irish, was chosen by his daughters, who had to explain the word to their Australian father.
Niall O’Connor, who has worked at Etto and at Richmond, both in Dublin, has been recruited to fill the general manager and sommelier role being vacated by Andrew , and the existing front of house and kitchen team will transfer to the new restaurant.