Belfast Telegraph

Warrenpoint's Duke Bar & Restaurant rebranded as Number 7 Duke Street

By John Mulgrew

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.

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