Gareth McCaughey is set to open Muddlers Club, his first solo venture following two years at Belfast restaurant OX.
McCaughey is expected to open a 52-cover modern bistro and cocktail bar with open plan kitchen in the city's Cathedral Quarter by early October.
Work on Muddlers Club, located at Exchange Place, has been ongoing for the last two years with designers Oscar and Oscar responsible for the fit out.
"It's going to be funky and with a really cool vibe. Lots of local items, with nice plates and great quality, a small focused wine list and menu," McCaughey told the http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/news/muddlers-club-ox-chef-to-open-new-bistro-in-belfasts-cathedral-quarter-31452764.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Belfast Telegraph.
"It'll be simple. We like to look at the ingredients which are in season. If I can get the best piece of lamb, that's what I'm going to have on the menu."
McCaughey trained as a pastry chef in London before returning to Northern Ireland to help set up James Street South with Niall McKenna, along with OX chef and owner Stephen Toman. He was also previously head chef at the Barking Dog in Belfast.
Barry Fletcher, who worked alongside McCaughey at the Barking Dog, will join Muddlers Club as general manager.
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