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Co Down bar and restaurant creating 30 new jobs as it relaunches under new ownership

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down bar and restaurant is creating 30 new jobs at it reopens its doors this week.

Craigmore Catering has taken over the former Duke Bar & Restaurant in Warrenpoint, and has rebranded the business as Number 7 Duke Street following a £150,000 investment.

The company also owns two existing businesses in Craigavon and Newry that also go under the Number 7 brand.

The refurbishment, which has been supported by Ulster Bank, includes a new bar and music venue on the first floor, with a restaurant across the first and second floors of the 15,000 sq ft venue.

Kris Fletcher, co-owner, said the Duke was a “popular venue in Warrenpoint, occupying a great site, which sadly closed a few years ago”.

“We are delighted to be able to rejuvenate the building, with the support of Ulster Bank, and to bring it back into productive use.”

“The new establishment will include a bar, restaurant and music venue, and will employ around 30 people. The focus will be on good food and good music, and we are confident it will be a hit with people in Warrenpoint and further afield.”

Anne Morgan of Ulster Bank said the new owners already operate a “number of successful enterprises, including the Number 7 restaurant in Newry and a cafe and ice-cream business at Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon”.

“Their experience and vision for the new venue puts them in a strong position, and we are very pleased to support them,” she said.

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