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Growth on pier's horizon as seaside venue takes on 32 staff

By John Mulgrew

Published 11/08/2015

From left, Lewis Waterworth from Harbour & Co, Andy Tew and Tracey Morrow from Ulster Bank officially launch a £750,000 revamp at the restaurant in Donaghadee
From left, Lewis Waterworth from Harbour & Co, Andy Tew and Tracey Morrow from Ulster Bank officially launch a £750,000 revamp at the restaurant in Donaghadee

The team behind the award-winning Pier 36 is creating 32 new jobs with another new restaurant in Donaghadee.

Harbour & Company on the Parade in the Co Down town now boasts a 70-seat upstairs eatery, complete with a modern downstairs bar. Formerly the Ocean Drive, it was also once called the Port O'Call bar - which was opened by the late George Best. But the once-traditional spot has now been transformed into a modern restaurant, thanks to £750,000 of fresh investment. Owners the Waterworth family have a long track record in the hospitality sector and first bought the location 12 years ago.

Plans to develop the site were put on the back-burner following the growth and success of its nearby restaurant, Pier 36. But Lewis Waterworth, the son of founders Denis and Margaret, said it was "the right time" to renovate the business. He said: "We had been developing Pier 36 for 16 years, and extended it many times over the years.

"With the other bar - then called Ocean Drive - the intention was always to develop it, but we never really got the opportunity.

"It now felt like the right time. George Best opened the Port O'Call, which was a famous old bar. We wanted to renovate and bring it up to modern standards."

Mr Waterworth said the upstairs has now been transformed into a restaurant serving a wide range of food, while the downstairs bar had been given a modern makeover.

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