A successful deli and food hall in Enniskillen, run by two experienced chefs, is set for major expansion creating eight new jobs in addition to the 14 people already on the payroll.
etween the Bridges, the food enterprise launched last year by chefs Declan O’Donoghue and Paul Curry, is soon to open a second outlet and is planning a third later in the year.
The second deli and food hall is scheduled to open in Lisnaskea, a small town 12 miles from Enniskillen, providing the eight employment opportunities in the area.
With a site already identified in Fermanagh for the third outlet, the company expects to be employing a total of 30 people before the end of 2022.
Both founding chefs also run successful small food businesses; O’Donoghue owns Erne Larder, a producer of sauces, relishes and jams, while Curry owns Northern Smokehouse, a developer of smoked products.
Both chefs have won Great Taste awards for their artisan foods, while they also produce a range of sauces under the Flayver brand.
“Our success in Enniskillen with Between the Bridges is based on our commitment to excellent homemade products from our seven-strong kitchen team lead led by experienced chef Geri Beres, excellent value for money and great customer service,” said O’Donoghue.
“These will also underpin the new stores. We now have an extensive menu of freshly prepared heat-to-eat meals which are proving extremely popular. These can be ordered for home delivery through our website.
“Christmas and the New Year were exceptionally busy. We sold almost 150 prepared Christmas dinners and sold hundreds of food hampers with our own products and those from other local artisans.”
The Enniskillen deli currently sells 3,000 heat-to-eat meals, 800 deli sandwiches and 500 fresh salads prepared by its kitchen team every week. It also offers a range of calorie counted meals for health-conscious consumers.
In addition to its sales in Fermanagh, the deli has linked up with the Cass and Co retail operation in Dungarvan, Co Waterford in the Republic of Ireland to supply hundreds of heat-to-eat meals every week.
The food hall in Enniskillen features an extensive range of food and drink from artisan producers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland including cheese and condiments.