Rosso closes its doors

FOOD lovers are grieving the loss of an award-winning restaurant in Dundalk which has become yet another victim of the recession.

FOOD lovers are grieving the loss of an award-winning restaurant in Dundalk which has become yet another victim of the recession.

Rosso Restaurant, which was situated at 5 Roden Place, shut its doors for good at the beginning of the month.

Attempts to contact the proprietor, Louisa Gilhooley, were unsuccessful, however, the following message was posted on the Rosso website.

“We regret to inform you that as of Monday, January 31, 2011 Rosso Restaurant has permanently ceased to trade.

“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our customers for their valued custom and loyalty over the last number of years and our suppliers for their service to our business.”

Located just opposite St Patrick’s Cathedral, Rosso was a smart contemporary restaurant which had positioned itself at the leading edge of local cuisine.

Ms Gilhooley had assembled a strong team at Rosso with the kitchen using carefully sourced, mainly local, produce and cooked with flair.

The result was a mix of innovative ideas and re-interpreted classics such as pressed foie gras and duck terrine, served with toasted brioche and fig chutney; and fillet of Irish Angus beef with baked miniature oxtail pie, creamed parsnips and red wine sauce. Rosso Restaurant scooped a number of awards over the years including “Best Restaurant in Leinster” at the Restaurant Association/Jacobs Creek Restaurant Awards 2007.