Guilbaud 67th in World

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is named among the best 100 restaurants in the world  according to a survey of paying customers, with British chef Heston Blumenthal securing two places on the list.

The Dublin 2* Michelin restaurant was placed No 67 in the survey.

The top spot went to Grant Achatz’s three-Michelin-star Alinea, in Chicago – for the third year in a row.

London came out joint-top with Paris in terms of the best cities in the world, each boasting eight restaurants from the top 100 list.

The results have been released by Elite Traveler magazine, a lifestyle publication aimed at wealthy jetsetters, which surveyed its readers on their favourite restaurants and gourmet chefs from the past year.

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Ewelina is Cocktail Queen

Ewelina Cygarowska of Lemongrass Restaurant, Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Co. Dublin was crowned cocktail champion at the recent  ‘Mixer OPEN Coc


ktail Competition’  at the Parnell Heritage Pub & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1.

Pictured from left are James Murphy (DIT Lecturer & Competition Co-ordinator), Ewelina Cygarowska (Overall Winner, Lemongrass Restaurant, Citywest Hotel, Co. Dublin), Conor McCrohan (Marketing Executive, Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd)

This initiative between the DIT Bar Management Studies and Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd attracted a large entry.  Prizes were awarded for the top three cocktails and points were awarded for the appearance, aroma, taste and the commercial appeal of the cocktails.  Special certificates were presented to all the finalists and additional prizes were awarded for the best flairtending bartending shows on the evening by Mr. Conor McCrohan (Marketing Executive Dalcassian Wines & Spirits Ltd).

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Pizza Growth at Domino's

Domino's Pizza has reported a 3.4pc increase in Irish sales and a 10.8pc rise in the UK. Sales were driven by wet weather at the beginning of 2014, the company said today.

Online sales also grew, the company said, with 69.4pc of UK turnover new coming via the internet.

In February, the firm reported a 1.9pc growth in pre-tax profit to £47.6m as well as heavy costs, however, related to expansion into the German market.







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Crepes, Burritos Trend in UK

As the UK's foodservice market looks forward to growth in 2014 entrepreneurial operators are seizing the opportunity to rollout new eating out concepts at a faster rate than the sector has seen for several years.

Horizons latest 'Ones To Watch' report, which tracks the rate of expansion of emerging eating out brands, lists 35 concepts that now qualify for inclusion, with a distinct trend towards niche operators such as those selling crepes, burritos, juices, gourmet burgers and pies.

To qualify for inclusion in Ones To Watch a restaurant or quick service concept must have between five and 25 outlets and a growth in outlet numbers of at least 20% over the past three years combined. For the third consecutive Ones To Watch report the number of brands meeting the criteria for inclusion has increased, with 115 brands qualifying in April 2014 compared with 105 in October 2013.

Now the economic climate is in recovery, and consumers are starting to spend again, we are seeing the emergence and growth of some exciting new eating out concepts as well as those that are now starting to grow their estates. Names such as Pieminster, Tiger Bills and Burger & Lobster are for the first time making an appearance in Ones To Watch as they reach five or more outlets,? commented report author Nicola Knight, Horizons? director of services.

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Bewleys Rent Cut Appealed

A company backed by property developer Johnny Ronan is bidding to overturn a High Court ruling that would save Bewley’s Cafe on Grafton Street Dublin more than €700,000 a year in rent.

Last year, Mr Justice Peter Charleton ruled that the cafe’s lease allowed it to reduce the €1.46 million rent it was paying its landlord, Ickendel Ltd, in which Mr Ronan is a shareholder. As a result, Bewley’s rent was cut to €728,187 a year after the parties went into arbitration last July.

Ickendel appealed Mr Justice Charleton’s ruling yesterday in the Supreme Court, where its lawyers argued the judge was “in error” when he found the lease allowed Bewley’s to seek to have the rent cut in line with the open market when it came up for review.

The five-judge Supreme Court reserved judgment on Ickendel’s appeal yesterday.

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