'Gaz' for Blackrock Centre

Chef Gareth (Gaz) Smith is opening his third restaurant, called 'Michael’s Blackrock', in Blackrock Village Centre Dublin, where a €12 million refurbishment programme is nearing completion.

The new restaurant, for which a planning application has been lodged for an enclosed outdoor-dining terrace with a retractable roof, will be in the space previously occupied by Clodagh McKenna’s' Clodagh’s Kitchen' and, more recently, 'Dunne & Crescenzi'. It is expected to open in May..

According to Smith, who runs two restaurants in Mount Merrion, , the menu is at an early development stage but will follow the seafood-and-steaks model of his other businesses.

Smith has taken a 15-year lease on the premises, which are undergoing a complete refit.