Wicklow Heather Restaurant has new owners

One of Wicklow’s best-known restaurants, The Wicklow Heather Restaurant in Laragh Co Wicklow has new owners, following the decision of Betty and John Kenny to retire from the business after more than 25 years running the iconic restaurant.

Laragh Taverns, which is also involved in the famous Durty Nelly’s pub and restaurant in Bunratty Co. Clare and in TradeHouse Central in Ballincollig in Cork has agreed to purchase the Wicklow Heather Restaurant.  The company’s directors, Martin Scully and Mary McCoy, along with Betty and John Kenny met with staff at the restaurant today to announce the change in ownership.

Betty Kenny said the decision to sell the restaurant was bittersweet but that after a quarter of a century, the time was right for new owners to take the business forward. 

“The Wicklow Heather has been a huge part of our family and we didn’t come to this decision lightly. We have devoted much of our life to the restaurant business but we now want to focus on our guesthouse business and spend more time with family and grandchildren.  We have an amazing group of very loyal people working with us and it was very important to John and I that we found new owners who we could trust to continue our legacy.

“We are happy that the right owners have been found to guide the business through its next phase of growth.  They have vast experience of running restaurants of a similar size and style.  Durty Nelly’s is a similar business to the Wicklow Heather and is also a popular visitor destination.    Laragh Taverns share our ethos and are committed to building on the high standards for which the Wicklow Heather Restaurant is renowned. I have no doubt that Laragh Taverns will bring the Wicklow Heather to new heights, supporting our team and their careers into the future.”

Martin Scully said; “The Wicklow Heather is renowned for its warm hospitality and excellent cuisine not only in Ireland but around the world. Betty and John Kenny have developed a fabulous business with a loyal customer base and we intend to build on the high standards they have set.  We believe the restaurant has great potential to develop even further and we’re really excited to be working with the great team in the Wicklow Heather.  We look forward to getting to know the team in the months ahead.  We also intend to continue to work with existing suppliers, many of whom are local to Co. Wicklow.”

He added; “Betty and John have been very supportive and we wish them continued good health and happiness in the years ahead and continued success with their wonderful guest accommodation in Laragh.   We look forward to Betty and John’s advice and support as we take over the business”.

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