Michael Deane unveils new restaurant concept

Michael Deane unveils new restaurant concept

Northern Ireland hospitality legend Michael Deane has launched a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by his Michelin-starred Eipic and Love Fish.

Mr Deane’s Bistro Bar and Social, a tribute to his late father Ted, is due to open on May 31 in the Howard Street premise.

Eipic’s closure was announced late last year with the rising cost of living blamed as customers opted for lower-priced options for eating out.

Its former chef Alex Greene has taken over the Bucks Head in Dundrum.

Mr Deane said: “I’m very invigorated for the launch of Mr Deanes. Our new concept harnesses much of what we’ve been well known for over the 27 years we’ve been in business in the city.

“There will be a nod to our legacy operations from Deanes Brasserie, Deanes Deli and Love Fish.

“I firmly believe it will excite our existing loyal customers as well as attract new diners to Deanes. In terms of the business my overall aim is to underpin sustainability and secure jobs going forward.

“The restaurant will consistently serve top quality ingredients, skilfully cooked as well as an extensive selection of drinks, in fresh, contemporary surroundings. That’s what we’ve set out to do.”

Mr Deanes Bistro Bar and Social will open for business Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.

The restaurateur also revealed that Deanes Meat Locker, also on Howard Street, will close for three weeks for a “refresh” and to extend customer capacity.