Warrenpoint's Duke Bar & Restaurant rebranded as Number 7 Duke Street
A Co Down bar and restaurant is creating 30 new jobs as 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”.
He added: “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.