Gourmet Food Parlour, leading independent Irish restaurant and catering group, opens its doors in Arnotts. The landmark deal will annually generate €2.5M in revenue for the homegrown business. With not one, not two but three separate dining options now available from Gourmet Food Parlour in Arnotts, the beloved local restaurant is now open in the centre of the capital and is redefining the concept of dining while shopping.
Gourmet Food Parlour started as a small café in Dun Laoghaire in 2006. Led by Founder, CEO and EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Lorraine Heskin, the business has since grown exponentially. Since taking over the Arnotts restaurants, the company now employs over 300 people across nine locations nationwide. Specifically in Arnotts, Gourmet Food Parlour has diversified by bringing three unique dining concepts into the department store, including:
The Corner Café by Gourmet Food Parlour is a brand new concept from Gourmet Food Parlour. Showcasing its own unique identity, The Corner Café offers shoppers something sweet. The surroundings are playful, pink and packed with satisfying treats. Taking the concept of Instagramable patisseries that are popular in other European cities such as Paris and London, but adding an Irish twist with the highest quality local produce being utilised. Customers can enjoy expertly made coffee, smoothies, cakes, pastries and more, perfect for a mid-day dose of caffeine and sugar. Menu items include the Mango & Passionfruit Mousse Dome, Vegan Chocolate & Coconut Tart and much more.
Homemade by Gourmet Food Parlour is a slice of the classic Gourmet Food Parlour offering now available in the city centre. The menu has great tasting dishes that have developed a cult following from Gourmet Food Parlour’s most loyal customers. From breakfast to lunch, salads and light bites alongside a tailored wine and spritz menu, which includes non-alcoholic options, Homemade is the must visit destination for casual dining in Dublin’s main shopping district. Menu items include the legendary Buttermilk Pancakes, the customer favourite GFP Chicken Wings, the Superfood Salad (a favourite of the Dublin GAA team) and a selection of soups and sandwiches, including the must-try brand new Dubliner Toastie.
The Kitchen Bistro by Gourmet Food Parlour is a new, elevated dining concept which has been designed to add a touch of luxury to a day of shopping in the city centre. Bold new flavours are at the centre of this continental dining experience focusing on international flavours and aperitif culture.The Kitchen offers decadent breakfast options such as Wild Mushrooms on Toast and Shakshuka Eggs. From lunchtime, while main dishes such as Chicken & Chorizo Linguine and Irish Sirloin Steak Sandwich are available, customers can enjoy a variety of small plates, designed for sharing. These tapas style dishes include items such as Crab Truffle Mac & Cheese, Gambas Al Ajillo and Wild Mushroom, Mozzarella and Mushroom Arancini. There are also sharing boards such as Antipasti and Roast Mediterranean Veggie Board. To continue the theme of shared dining, customers can enjoy miniature gourmet desserts. The wine and champagne menu offers a variety of top shelf options for customers, with servers on hand to recommend the best pairings. The cherry on top of the experience is that customers can enjoy items from the expertly curated aperitif and spritz menu including options such as the Fresh Spritz of Bel-Air, the Coole Swan Handshake and more.
On the launch in Arnotts, CEO of Gourmet Food Parlour and EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Lorraine Heskin, said:
“We’re delighted as an independent Irish business to have been given this opportunity within Arnotts. It’s truly a dream come true for everyone in Gourmet Food Parlour to see our offering, with some new twists, being showcased in the city centre. We have worked closely with the team in Arnotts to understand the needs of shoppers and to meet these varying needs with three unique dining options.
Having spent 17 years in the business of hospitality, I alongside my team, have developed a fine-tuned sense of what customers are after when it comes to dining out. We have taken our many years of expertise, our understanding of trends and relationships with great Irish producers to create the best dining experiences possible for customers in Arnotts. For many years we have focused on bringing the unique Gourmet Food Parlour offering to local communities, so to be in the city centre is a new experience for us, however we will continue to bring the feel of local service with a smile to our customers in the capital.
We have substantially added to our employee numbers with this deal and are thrilled to maintain and create more jobs for people. The new concepts we have created in Arnotts open so many possibilities for our business and there is so much more to come. We are thrilled to welcome new and loyal customers alike to The Corner Café, Homemade and The Kitchen Bistro by Gourmet Food Parlour in Arnotts.”
All three Gourmet Food Parlour dining options in Arnotts are open seven days a week. For more information, enquiries, to make a restaurant booking or catering query visit gourmetfoodparlour.ie or follow on social media: Instagram @gourmetfoodparlour, Facebook @GourmetFoodParlour & LinkedIn @ Gourmet Food Parlour