Belfast Telegraph

Restaurant boss plans to open up new eateries

By Rachel Martin

The man behind one of Northern Ireland's most successful restaurants in recent years is planning another three venues.

Donal Doherty opened Harry's Shack on Portstewart Strand in August 2014 - just five months later, it was named Ireland's best restaurant by critics John and Sally McKenna.

Mr Doherty, who also owns Harry's in Donegal, is to open a 'Harry's Wagon' serving takeaway food further down the Strand.

And he revealed he will open three more venues on the north coast in counties Londonderry and Donegal in the next few years.

His ambitious expansion plans come as insolvency trade body R3 reveals the restaurant trade was the fastest growing sector in Northern Ireland last year, with company numbers rising 15% year-on-year.

There were 803 active restaurants in the province in January, up over 100 from the same time last year.

But R3 said restaurants had the highest proportion of companies at risk of insolvency, at 39.2%.

Belfast Telegraph