Dublin's Michelin-starred l'Ecrivain to close after 31 years

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Dublin's Michelin-starred l'Ecrivain to close after 31 years

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Famed Dublin restaurant l’Ecrivain is to close in July after 31 years in business.

Owners Derry and Sallyanne Clarke, who opened the restaurant in 1989, say they want to “end on a high”. 

L’Ecrivain is known for its French-Irish cuisine and has held a Michelin star since 2003, with Derry in the kitchen and Sallyanne running front of house. Chefs including Anna Haugh​ and Patrick Powell​ ​have passed through its kitchen. 

The Clarke's said in a statement: “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.

“We would like to say a very BIG THANK YOU to all our restaurant and 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, or 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.”

The team has announced the closure in advance to fulfil existing bookings and give people time to use gift vouchers.

L’Ecrivain will be put up for sale after its closure, and The Irish Times​reports that the Clarke’s plan to open a new casual restaurant in the city this autumn.

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