JD Catering enjoys drink project

Cookstown-based JD Catering recently outfitted the first onsite Brewery bar and restaurant in Derry, Northern Ireland.

The Walled City Brewery wanted to create a craft brewery and eatery featuring uniquely local small batches of artisan beer and food. Therefore, JD Catering was charged with fitting out the kitchen and bar area as part of a £50,000 order.

“We worked along with the owners and the food technology college body to get the design just right, as there is a lot of history in the building,” said JD Catering’s director, Jason Currie. The site is part of the Ebrington Square and Parade Ground, which was first designated for military use during the siege of Derry in 1689.

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The distributor was originally given a 5 week turnaround for the project, but this was then shortened to 4 weeks due to the opening date of the restaurant being pushed forward. Nevertheless, JD completed it on time, with the project going to plan.

A Falcon six burner cooker forms the centrepiece of the kitchen, accompanied by a Lincat high efficiency Opus chargrill, an Opus 900mm wide griddle, chosen for its size and power, and a Lincat 800 series bain marie. Pitco SG14 fryers were installed due to their efficiency and power, while JD picked Manitowoc’s Merrychef E3 oven for its speed and rapid turnaround for the menu.

Refrigeration was by Unifrost, with Currie saying its size was very important, as well as its value for money, while the warewashing and ice machines were provided by Maidaid. “Maidaid’s price and overall production and efficiency are hard to beat,” commented Currie. All stainless steel fabrication was carried out in-house.

Currie feels that this was a job well done: “Working in such an old building and trying to get the atmosphere and style right was the key to this project. The client is happy and the customers are voting with their feet.”

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