Derry Clarke’s Dublin eatery l’Ecrivain lowers losses

Owners of Michelin-starred restaurant l’Ecrivain, Derry and Sallyanne Clarke said yesterday that they are very happy with how their restaurant performed last year.

New accounts show that the firm that operates the restaurant, Sudberry Trading Ltd, reduced its accumulated losses for a second year running after a number of years of the accumulated losses increasing.

The accounts show that the firm’s accumulated losses — largely made up of non-cash depreciation costs and monies owed to Derry Clarke — reduced from €647,674 to €611,019.

The Clarkes established l’Ecrivain on Dublin’s Baggot St in 1989, and they said yesterday: “In September 2015 we opened the Samsung Kitchen at l’Ecrivain.

“This is a private dining room with its own live kitchen, where Derry and our team of chefs cook for and in front of our customers.”

They added: “We have put a considerable investment into this new venture and so far it has received great critical acclaim — after all, there is nothing like this available in Ireland.”

The two stated that l’Ecrivain celebrated 27 years as a business on July 7 this year.

“We have a wonderful team, many of whom have been with us for 10 years or more. Their expertise and professionalism plays a large part in ensuring our customers have a special experience when they dine in l’Ecrivain,” the couple said.

They added: “Generally, the restaurant business in Dublin has benefited from the increased tourist numbers, and people are more willing to treat themselves than they have in the last number of years.

“We have been there through the good years and the extremely difficult years and we are continuing to adapt to the evolving cultural and economic environment.”

The latest accounts for Sudberry Trading also show that Derry Clarke lent a further €16,300 to the business during the year.

This resulted in the firm owing Mr Clarke €322,030 at year end. Staff salaries, inclusive of directors’ pay, last year decreased from €692,308 to €675,383.

L’Ecrivain is one of nine Irish restaurants which currently have a Michelin star.

Another of them, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, is the only Irish restaurant currently to have two stars.


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