It’s business as usual at The Ice House says boss

Lonan O'Neill and Ronan Higgins of The Ice House Portstewart. INCR4-331PL
Lonan O'Neill and Ronan Higgins of The Ice House Portstewart. INCR4-331PL

The manager of one of the North Coast’s most popular eateries has moved to catergorically dispel rumours that it is closing.

Speaking exclusively to The Coleraine Times this week, Ronan Higgins, manager of The Ice House Bar and Restaurant, said: “It’s very much as business as usual.”

In the week that saw nearby York Hotel announce it was going into administration, Mr Higgins was keen to put the record straight.

He stressed that far from any plans to close, the Promenade business was looking forward to a successful year.

“Yes we heard all the rumours last week but none of them are true. We are not closing and we’re not planning to close. It’s business as usual.

“We have built up a very loyal clientelle over the years and we are hopeful of a very profitable and successful 2015.”

The Ice House opened in February 2008 and currently employs ten staff with that number doubling during the high summer season.

“We will be celebrating our seventh anniversary next week and hope to welcome as many customers as possible through our doors,” said Mr Higgins.

He pointed out that the popular restaurant would be running a special winter 25% discount offer for food and drink.

The Ice House specialises in English and European food and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2014. It currently has a four star rating on Trip Advisor.

Rumours about The Ice House abounded last week after it was revealed that the four-star York Hotel had gone into administration. Gary Borland of accountacy firm, KPMG has been appointed administrator. See p12.