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New Killyhevlin Restaurant

 UTV presenter Sarah Travers joined the team at the Killyhevlin Hotel to  mark the launch the hotel’s new restaurant, 

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KOVE.  The opening follows a £200,000 investment into the design of the restaurant which has been given a , contemporary Art Deco style make-over which takes full advantage of its unsurpassed views of Lough Erne. 
 Dinner guests, who included former Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson, the BBC’s Julian Fowler and representatives from the tourism, food and drink industries were treated to a taste of KOVE’s new menu which has been designed by head chef Kevin Watson and senior sous chef Trevor Shannon. 
 The four-star Killyhevlin Hotel, Spa and Health Club, which is a member of the Irish Country Hotels portfolio, has been run by the Watson family for almost 40 years.  
 
 

Gray Heads RAI

Sligo native Anthony Gray was elected President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, at their AGM and Conference.

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 Speaking on his election, owner of Eala Bhán and Trá Bán restaurants in Sligo, Anthony said that it’s important that restaurateurs all over Ireland get involved in their local branch of the RAI as they are much stronger as an association when they are united.
 ’We are brave and as a result of brave, wages get paid, families reared and main streets bustle', he said  He commented as Gaeilge, ‘’Is é do cogadh mo chogagh,’’ which means your fight is my fight.
 Anthony Gray is a Sligo native, where he lives with his wife Eilish and three children. His father Joe Gray ran a very successful butcher business in the heart of Sligo town for many years.   While working in this background and an appreciation for food came to providence, Anthony believes in sourcing produce from the land and sea around Sligo and that drives Anthony’s passion and dedication to using local and seasonal ingredients.   Anthony had always viewed Sligo as a foodie town that was crying out for its local produce to be championed.  He opened tworestaurants in quick succession; Tra Ban opened in 2009 in Strandhill and Eala Bhan opened in Sligo Town in 2011.
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RAI Slams 'Unworkable' Calorie Counts

The RAI has opposed Government plans to introduce calorie counts on restaurant menus.
 The proposals, which were approved this week at the Government’s Cabinet meeting, will require food outlets to post calorie information alongside the price for all items offered on menus, at the point where the food is ordered.
Adrian Cummins,cero of RAI said that the proposals would be 'virtually impossible to monitor' and would cost every restaurant €5,000 a year.
 'To really implement this, each EHO will have to come in, take a sample of the food, send it to a lab to be tested, and wait for the results to come back to see if the correct calorie count was displayed', he said
He said  that without an ability to actively monitor the implementation of calorie counts, some food outlets could simply post lower counts than competitors.
 
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Depreciation costs 'itsa'

The restaurant and food retail business operated by  chef Domini Kemp recorded a cash profit last year as margins remained tight.
The itsa brand - established by the food writer and her sister, Peaches, in 1999 - operates 18 outlets across Dublin and Cork, employing 90 full-time staff.
The business includes seven Itsa outlets and new accounts show that accumulated losses at Itsa Bagel rose from €30,162 to €140,925. The €110,763 increase in losses takes account of non-cash depreciation and value write-off costs of €194,058.
 
 

Restaurants Must Advice on Alcohol hazards

The Government is proposing new rules on alcohol labelling which will make it compulsory to include health warnings and advice, the amount of pure 

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alcohol and calorie counts.
Pubs and restaurants will be obliged to provide this information to customers.  
The Cabinet has agreed  plans to ban below-cost selling of alcohol products by introducing a minimum pricing unit as part of new measures to tackle alcohol misuse.  
The proposals contained in a long-delayed Bill, also include calorie and health warning labelling and marketing restrictions.
But proposals stop short of a ban on drink companies sponsoring sports events.
 
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