Ulster Bank supports investment in new Number 7 Duke Street venue
Around 30 new jobs are being created through an Ulster Bank-supported hospitality investment in Warrenpoint.
Craigmore Catering Ltd has taken over the former Duke Bar & Restaurant, and is set to reopen it this week as Number 7 Duke Street following a £150,000 refurbishment.
The company, which owns two existing businesses in Craigavon and Newry that also go under the Number 7 brand, has secured the premises on a 15 year lease. They will be completely refurbished, including a new bar and music venue on the first floor and a restaurant across the first and second floors of the 15,000 sq ft venue.
Co-owner Kris Fletcher says: “The Duke was a popular venue in Warrenpoint, occupying a great site, which sadly closed a few years ago. 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,” he adds.
Anne Morgan of Ulster Bank says: “Craigmore operates a number of successful enterprises, including the Number 7 restaurant in Newry and a café 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.”