Re-opening of popular Aghalee restaurant to create 20 jobs

Stevie Higginson, Cristina Higginson and chef Danni Barry outside Clenaghans alongside Allan Ewart, chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's development committee
Gareth McKeown

A POPULAR Co Antrim restaurant is set to re-open next month under the guidance of a Michelin star chef, creating 20 new jobs.

Clenaghans in Aghalee is now being run by Stevie and Cristina Higginson, proprietors at Square Bistro, Lisburn, and Michelin star chef Danni Barry, formerly of Micheal Deanes.

The joint investment includes refurbishments to establish a more modern fresh appeal and the creation of 20 full and part time jobs.

“We are excited to bring the very popular Clenaghans Restaurant back to life with modern comfort warming the traditional stone building. The excitement and support from the local community has been wonderful," the new proprietors said.

Chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's development committee Allan Ewart visited Clenaghans this week ahead of the opening and wished the new partners every success with their venture.

“It is fantastic news that local business owners Stevie and Cristina are branching out and opening a second restaurant in the Lisburn Castlereagh area. I was delighted to hear that he has been joined in this new venture by Michelin chef Danni, who is the second female chef in Ireland to gain a Michelin star; what a coup for everyone."

“The winning combination of the chefs’ passion and talent for creating flavoursome dishes with Stevie’s wife, Cristina’s attention to detail in ensuring a positive customer experience will make the reopening of Clenaghans a success. Social media is already a hive of activity as people look to make a reservation and no doubt this interest will continue after the opening. This new business venture will give a boost to the local area, offering fine food and drink to residents and visitors alike."

Clenaghans is located on the Soldierstown Road beside Clenaghans accommodation. The new restaurant is due to open in November ahead of the bust Christmas season.


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