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Red Bank Restaurant - ringing the changes!

Kelly & Co are delighted to announce the lease of the Red Bank Restaurant in Skerries. When Maeve Kelly (along with Johnny Murray) sold the place to Terry McCoy in 1983 she can hardly have imagined that her son Shea would be selling it on 36 years later. Terry, we got you in and we got you out!

Having blazed a trail in fine dining in the North County Dublin area since 1983 Terry has now decided to step aside from the restaurant business and concentrate on running their adjoining 18 bedroom guesthouse in the centre of Skerries, along with his son Ross.

The Red Bank restaurant specialised in fresh seafood landed at Skerries pier with many of Terry’s signature seafood dishes named after local fishermen and today Terry thanked and paid special tribute to the excellence of local fisherman and farmers whose produce was the backbone of his cuisine.

It was founded in 1983 when Terry, along with his late wife Margaret, purchased the old Munster & Leinster Bank on Church St in Skerries when AIB transferred to new premises across the road. Terry often jokes that “not many restaurants take over Banks, but this takeover survived 35 years”. The reputation and the awards grew steadily as the McCoy’s reputation for hospitality and fine dining grew nationally and internationally. The rising profile of Skerries as a food and tourist destination, in which Terry still plays a large part, as well as a great place to live has been recognised when in 2016 Skerries won the overall award in the Tidy Towns competition.

In 1989 McCoy’s expanded into an adjoining butcher’s shop and created an 18 bedroom

4*guesthouse which immediately created a synergy with the adjoining the restaurant which will hopefully continue as a source of business for the restaurant into the future.

Into this scene and buzzing with fresh ideas steps former Chapter 1 head chef Cathal Leonard along with partner Sarah Ryan. Cathal who hails from Rush will bring his own exciting array of recipes to the restaurant and will be re-naming it "Potager" - as in kitchen garden. We really look forward to their opening next March.

Terry thanks all his customers for their loyal support over the years and, true to the man, is at pains to stress that all outstanding gift vouchers will be honoured at face value in Potager.

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