NEW management has taken over the Crowe Street Italian eaterie formerly known as Eno Cafe and have re-launched it as 23 Seats.
The new managers are husband and wife team, Alan Graham and Ulrike Wangner. Alan is a brother of Victor Graham, who previously ran Eno Cafe with his wife, Rachel.
Victor and Rachel offered Alan and Ulrike the chance to take over the cafe in June, shortly after they opened Eno Bar, Grill & Wood Fired Pizza Restaurant in the old Rosso premises at 5 Roden Place.
“We were living in Munich. Alan had been in Germany for 20 years and I had been living there for 12 years so it was a big decision to make,” said Ulrike.
“Neither of us has any family in Germany. Alan is from Dublin originally and I am from South Africa.We decided to move to Dundalk because we have two children and we wanted them to grow up near their cousins.”
Alan, Ulrike and their two children, Ciara, aged seven, and Adam, aged four, moved from Munich to Dundalk just six weeks ago. Since their arrival they have been working hard to prepare for the launch of 23 Seats.
Ulrike planned the menu, which comprises a variety of dishes and food styles including soups, sandwiches, hot daily lunches and desserts.
Some of 23 Seats specialities include a Chicken Tikka sandwich with mango mayo, a “healthy and divine tasting” coconut, carrot and ginger soup, and Italian-style and Indian curries.
Ulrike also makes all of the cakes and desserts on offer including ‘Dervishly Devine Chocolate Cake’, Angela’s French Apple Cake, and fresh scones.
“It’s wholesome food. I like fresh, local produce and have worked hard on the menu. It’s also healthy, low fat and calorie conscious,” she said.
“I plan to change the menu regularly to keep it fresh. I also do a great Mexican chilli con carne and there will be a vegetarian option every day. We are hoping to have a wine licence soon.”