Posted on Thursday 21 May 2015 by Ulster Business

Deerstalker bar and restaurant creates 35 jobs

A new restaurant and bar has created 35 new jobs on the north coast following the refurbishment of the former Kellys Complex in Portrush.

The Deerstalker Bar & Bistro is the result of a complete refurbishment of the 6,500 square foot premises as well as those of the 17-room GolfLinks Hotel.

The new hires take staff numbers at the venue to 120 across the three bars, hotel, nightclub and caravan park which will be under the control of managing director Peter Wilson, nephew of founder the late James Wilson.

“Staying true to the heritage of the original Deerstalker bar which was founded by my uncle in 1972, I wanted to create a comfortably traditional bar with a countryside-inspired feel while introducing some new and updated features,” Mr Wilson said.

“The new bar will offer guests a relaxed space for enjoying a drink and traditional pub-grub snacks as well as streaming live sport while the refurbishment of the complex’s existing bars and hotel allows us to continue to provide the highest level of hospitality and entertainment.

The former Kellys Complex has been in operation for over five decades and has drawn patrons from across Northern Ireland.

“The Kellys Group promotes a strong ethos of creativity, investment and passion for the industry in which we operate and I believe that our continued investment in the venue reflects this,” Mr Wilson said.

County Down-based designer, Drew Henry oversaw the development project which took 12 weeks and included an extensive refurbishment of the Golf Links Hotel, Boat Bar and Study Bar as well as the newly built Deerstalker Bar & Bistro.

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