Motorbike star Michael Dunlop follows his uncle Joey into the hospitality industry

Michael Dunlop
Racing star Michael Dunlop pictured with Maggie McWilliams at Shenanigans.

MOTORBIKE road racing star Michael Dunlop has followed his late uncle Joey into the hospitality scene on the north coast by taking over Shenanigans Venue in Portstewart with business partner Maggie McWilliams.

Joey Dunlop was well-known for his Ballymoney bar and now Michael has entered the industry in Portstewart.

Michael and Maggie have taken ownership of the three-floor venue and have plans to transform it into a trendy new restaurant and beach bar after the busy Christmas period.

On completion the venue will comprise two restaurants, five bars, a club and a three-tier beer garden with outdoor bar.

Michael said “We aim to bring the hospitality scene in the north coast to a whole new level with a strong emphasis on amazing food, high service levels and exceptional customer experience.

“Customers can expect to see dramatic changes across the prominent seaside venue and an entirely new nightlife scene.”

Michael’s new partner in business has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Maggie has owned bars, restaurants and clubs in both Australia and on the island of Ireland and the pair intend to expand quickly, opening new outlets across Northern Ireland and the Republic.

She said: “We are ecstatic about this new venture and I’m looking forward to getting back to the Port after half a year away.

“Portstewart is the heart of the north coast and we want to create a venue which will be unrivalled for exciting new food, creative dining experiences and the best of live entertainment.”

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