Jamie Oliver to open restaurant in Dublin

Jamie Oliver may have put an end to his UK restaurant operations for now, but he is still acutely present around the world, particularly on cruise ships, where his Jamie’s Italian brand lives on.

The celebrity chef is getting back in the game a little closer to home too now, though, and with international restaurant business and franchise partner Gerry Fitzpatrick is set to launch a new Dublin venture called Chequer Lane by Jamie Oliver.

The 100-cover site is in an 18th century building and is set to open in April. It will celebrate Irish produce, The Caterer said, with rock oysters from Carlingford Bay, beef cooked using a robata grill, monkfish scampi, wild garlic chicken Kiev, and seasonal dishes.

Oliver said: “Chequer Lane will celebrate some of my favourite comfort food and the menu will be packed with big, hearty flavours and simple, seasonal ingredients. The food I really love to cook and diners love to eat. Ireland has some of the greatest produce in the world and we can’t wait to show it off.”

Fitzpatrick added: “Chequer Lane will be a fantastic addition to Dublin’s bustling restaurant scene. Diners can expect the very best of delicious and affordable Irish food and drink in a welcoming environment in the heart of Dublin City.”

Oliver still maintains 74 restaurants outside of the UK, working with 21 franchise partners. His UK empire collapsed last year.

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