In conversation with Kevin Nugent, the new owner of Delight Café at the Kingfisher Club in the Galway suburb of Renmore.
Food for Thought – FFT.ie: So why open up in Renmore?
Kevin Nugent: This is for two reasons. Firstly I have loved Delight for nearly fourteen years so I really wanted to build on the great work already created here. Secondly there is the added bonus was that Delight was in the community where I grew up. A community where friendships have been built, which shaped who I am and where I hold very fond memories of. So, having my own business in Renmore and now giving back to the local community means so much.
Does the fact that it is in the same building as a health club make a difference?
The only difference we feel it makes is not everyone knows about Delight. Something we are greatly working on, to spread the word. We feel that the health club means we just think a little bit more about our food offering. It has to be quality; fresh and healthy.
Are your customers all locals?
Currently they are a broad mix of regulars from the local hospitals and GMIT but we hope to see more members of the Renmore and Mervue community make Delight their regular for a cuppa and chat.
What is your food ethos?
Fresh, quality and on point. We use only the best produce, prepared fresh each morning and in keeping with what food trends are at present. We have a small herb garden which we use in our food menus and we hope over time to build this herb garden as the business grows naturally.
What are the best sellers?
Juices, we make fresh juices and customers love them. Personally, we love the Detoxifier Juice – carrot, orange, apple, and for breakfast the smashed avocado and poached eggs. Lunchtime bestsellers would be the salsa melt sandwich or chicken, mango and avocado salad.
What are the challenges of running a café?
I could list too much but like running any business the isolation and at times financial struggle which no one likes to talk about. They both cause great deals of stress which has taken maybe ten years for me to control and know when to stand back and work my way out of. I have been fortunate to have built a great team around me. Having the right people you trust is huge for a business to grow.