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McCue's gets the cream by fitting out Savoy's Kaspar cafe

By Clare Weir

A Co Antrim firm has added a touch of Northern Ireland to the iconic Savoy Hotel in London.

McCue Fit-Out was appointed main contractor for its new art deco-inspired restaurant, Kaspar's Seafood Bar and Grill, as part of a two-and-a-half year refurbishment of the 124-year-old venue.

With 268 bedrooms and suites, the Savoy frequently counts royalty, world leaders and Hollywood legends as guests.

In the last two years, the Carrickfergus firm, which employs around 120 people, has secured a string of contracts in London's luxury hospitality sector completing fit-out projects for the Berkeley in Knightsbridge and Mayfair's Claridges and Beaumont.

McCue Fit-Out has also finished hotels for the Malmaison and Radisson groups and bespoke spa projects DW Sports.

Les McCracken, MD of McCue Fit-out said the project was a great opportunity for his team to show off their capability to deliver to the very highest of standards.

"The McCue Fit-Out team has completed a number of creative projects within the hospitality and leisure sectors in recent years," he said.

"The Savoy however, offers ultimate luxury from the outset and it's great to know that a little piece of Northern Ireland will be enjoyed by guests at Kaspar's for years to come."

The new restaurant is named after a two-foot-high model of a black cat, which was commissioned in 1926, which is brought to sit at table as an extra guest if a party of 13 is dining, in order to avoid bad luck.

Kaspar, who has a napkin tied around his neck and is served every course, just like any other guest.

Kiaran MacDonald, the Savoy's general manager, added: "Not only in its name does Kaspar's keep alive the wonderful history that this four-legged friend brought to the hotel almost 100 years ago, but as an informal, yet chic brasserie-style restaurant it will also meet the demands of today's regular diners."

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