A fixture at Craigavon Shopping Centre since it opened, ‘No 7’ has recently undergone a significant makeover.
In order to bring the restaurant into the 21st century they are now serving alcohol with meals, meaning customers in the shopping centre are able to enjoy a tipple on site for the first time since the Cove Inn closed down.
Kris Fletcher (30), who is co-director of No 7’s two restaurants in Craigavon and Newry along with his sister and brother-in-law, said: “There had been a wooden front for maybe 25 to 30 years, but we want to take all that away and just have big windows to make the place more inviting.
“It was time to come into the 21st century. The feedback has been very positive.”
He explained: “There was a lot of planning and preparation before the change came about. We closed on Saturday night and opened again on Monday with the new look. We’d worked right through from Saturday night to 5am on Monday morning.”
Dollingstown goalkeeper Kris, who has been running the restaurant since October 2005, having taken over from May and Neville Woods, said: “We basically just ran it as was, making some gradual changes up until now when we’ve made big changes.
“The new menu we’ve brought in has some things, that in the past, you wouldn’t expect to find here. Things like duck spring rolls, tempura prawns, fajitas and pulled pork. Ribs are proving a very popular choice.”
He added: “Before Christmas we acquired a drinks licence so we could offer wine or beer with meals. We’ve got Krombacher on tap which has been a great addition. We need to be able to compete with other restaurants who can serve alcohol, especially when the new cinema opens. No one is coming in for 10 pints. It’s all very civilised.”
The relaunched restaurant celebrated the new look with a night of live music and there’s plans to have more bands play in the established location as they continue to expand into new territory.