l’Ecrivain, one of Ireland’s most celenrated restaurants, is set to close this coming July after 31 years in business.
Run by Derry & Sallyanne Clarke, l’Ecrivain first opened in 1989 and has retained a Michein star every year since 2003. Prior to that, from 1996-1999, the restaurant was awarded a Red M from the guide. It is known as one of the busiest Michelin starred restaurants in Europe and has helped launch the careers of numerous chefs.
In a statement, the couple said: “We are very proud of our time in business and we feel that the time is right to end on a high while the business is still relevant and successful”.
Derry is moving on to assist in opening a new bar/restaurant on the Quays in Dublin 2 in Autumn 2020, and has openly invited any current l’Ecrivain staff to join him in this new venture. He is continuing with his consultancy work and especially his Derry Clarke at Home Range. He will also be appearing on the VMTV Six O’Clock Show and other media as usual.
Sallyanne is hoping to continue with consultancy work, and to return to her roots in radio. Sallyanne & Derry will continue to work together on various projects.
The couple continued: “Yes it has been hard work over the years, but we have loved every minute of it. We are delighted with all the friends we have made over the years. We have had some really fun times and many memorable occasions celebrated in the wonderful l’Erivain restaurant.
“We would like to say a very big thank you to all our restaurant & kitchen teams, past and more importantly our present team. Without these dedicated professionals we would never have been able to operate and gain, or indeed retain our Michelin Star, for the past 18 years.
“We would like to thank our wonderful customers for their continued support. Without you we would not have had a business and we are eternally grateful. We would also like to thank all our excellent suppliers for their support and their help over the years.”
Finally, the Clarkes said: “We are not gone yet! We will be trading until July 2020 to fulfil our obligations with bookings etc and, more importantly to give people time to use their gift vouchers.”
“We look forward to seeing you all again soon.”