Good Things Come in Threes – Anthony Gray Opens His Third Sligo Restaurant

Anthony and Joe at Hooked sm (Photo Donal Hackett)

They say good things come in threes, and with two restaurants already under his belt Anthony Gray has added a third to his portfolio with the opening of Hooked in Sligo town.

Opening just in time for the Christmas season, Hooked is the latest venture of the past president of the RAI and Chairman of the Sligo Food Trail.

Located on Rockwood Parade, just down the street from his award winning Eala Bhán Restaurant, Anthony describes Hooked as “a very personal venture.”

Speaking on the new opening Anthony sayss: “It represents both my family history and a little slice of traditional Sligo history too. It’s a different style of informal dining which effortlessly combines excellent food and quality service with style.

“Eilish and myself have really enjoyed developing the menu with our Head Chef Joe McGlynn who worked with us in Eala Bhán some years ago”.

Having worked with Paul Flynn and Stephen Tuohy at The Tannery in Dungarvan where he rose to the position of Head Chef, chef Joseph is committed to usually as much local and organic produce as possible.

Supplier names like Mammy Johnston’s, Ballisodare Free Range Eggs, Sligo LETS Organics, Le Fournil and Kelly’s of Newport speak for themselves.

Wanted to incorporate a piece of his family history in this exciting new venture, Hooked is inspired by the traditional butcher’s shop which Anthony’s father Joe had in Sligo for many years, and the the name itself comes from the old meat hooks used in the shop.

The eclectic interior includes the old butchers block from Joe Gray’s shop incorporated into the bar, the traditional weighing scales and ‘meat memorabilia’ as well as a full size wooden boat suspended from the ceiling.

Hooked is open seven days a week for brunch, lunch and an evening menu. Early birds can also enjoy breakfast starting at 9.30am from Thursday to Sunday.

For more information visit hookedsligo.ie. You can also follow Hooked on Facebook and Twitter and share how you got #HookedOnSligo.

For information on Anthony and his restaurants read his exclusive interview on TheTaste.

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