Gourmet Food Parlour is opening its first branch outside of Dublin in Salthill this October, creating 35 local jobs in the restaurant industry.
Managing Director of Galway Food Parlour, and a Galway woman herself, Lorraine Heskin said she’s thrilled that they’re coming to her home town.
“I was from out the road from Salthill in Barna, and that was another huge draw for me. I’m so excited, I literally can’t wait.”
Set up by Ms. Heskin and her business partner Lorraine Byrne, Gourmet Food Parlour has eight locations around Dublin, employing nearly 250 staff.
Along with the new restaurant in Salthill, they’re opening a new branch in Skerries, recruiting a hundred people in total around Ireland.
The restaurant is opening at Lenaboy Gardens just off the Upper Salthill road, Lorraine explained what drew them to that location.
“It’s just off the main street in Salthill, and if you look at our other locations around Dublin none of them are on a main street.”
“When you look at the residential population around Salthill, Knocknacarra, Barna, it’s a phenomenal population there a huge amount of commercial business there.”
“And then you look at all the tourists coming into Salthill, it’s becoming a really popular destination. And hopefully we’ll bring a little added bliss to the town,” Lorraine said.
She hopes that they’ll be open sometime before the end of October, and will be recruiting chefs, bar staff, baristas, and servers.
The restaurant in Lenaboy Gardens will seat over 100 people when it opens, but if that goes well it’s hoped that they’ll be able to bring the other side of their business to Galway as well.
“We have a catering and event business as well, and our dream would be to launch that in Galway as well. But we want to settle into the restaurant first,” Lorraine said.
Gourmet Food Parlour serves what Lorraine describes as an eclectic mix of European foods, open all day for breakfast, dinner, and with a brunch menu that’s proven extremely popular.
“We have a very simple philosophy, we only buy in enough for 24 to 36 hours trading, so everything is bought fresh from local sources,” Lorraine said.
“We’re just excited to bring Gourmet Food Parlour to the West, people around Galway have been so supportive and we can’t wait to get started.”