Botanic Inns bars put up for sale

Botanic Inns horatio toddsBuyers are being sought for Northern Ireland’s leading bar and club operator Botanic Inns after it went into administration.

The group, which is made up of two companies Botanic Inns and Kurkova, employs over 600 people across 14 bars, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants across Belfast.

Both businesses are now up for sale after administrators John Hansen and Stuart Irwin were appointed last week from KPMG in Belfast.

They said it was “business as usual”, adding that they were “undertaking a review of the business and have spoken to management, the workforce and other key stakeholders in an effort to determine a successful outcome to the administrations, namely the survival of the business as a going concern”.

Its venues across the Belfast area include The Apartment, Horatio Todd’s, Denvir’s, the King’s Head, the Kitchen Bar, Madison’s Hotel, The Taphouse, Ryan’s, The Parador, The Northern Whig, McHugh’s, Molly Brown’s and Scratch.

Originally a family-owned company, Belfast-based Botanic Inns dates back to 1857 and the flagship bar, The Botanic Inn, now known locally as “The Bot”. Expansion began in the early 1990s, reaching 10 outlets by 2004, and it grew to 16 sites under managing director Stephen Magorrian who joined in 2003 as commercial director and became managing director in 2004.

Only two months ago, the group was named one of the UK’s best companies to work for in the annual Sunday Times league tables with Best Companies. Click here for details.

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