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Top Blade steakhouse opens in Portadown with 25 new jobs

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Top Blade steakhouse opens in Portadown with 25 new jobs

Popular Belfast steakhouse Top Blade opened up in Portadown this week with a £250,000 investment and the creation of 25 new jobs.

It’s been revealed that almost 2,000 reservations have been made at the new local eatery.

Taking on the lease at 8 Mandeville Street, the Top Blade team plans to bring their ground-breaking yet simple concept to impress diners in the new 50-seater restaurant.

Manager Kenny Parker said: “Our Belfast restaurant regularly serves up over 1,000 steaks every week. We’re hopeful that Portadown will create the same excitement and buzz and will bring the people of Portadown a new dining experience that will delight all the senses.”

The three owners of Top Blade, John Crawford, Aaron Taggart and Kenny Parker.

The extensive refit within the restaurant enjoys a brand-new bar, kitchen and dining area, creating an atmospheric space along with an impressive entrance which houses a unique Instagram wall.

“We are very proud of our delicious menu, all our food is sourced locally, and we stock the widest range of steaks available here in Northern Ireland, but Top Blade is also more than that – we’re sure that what we’ve created will add that little bit of Top Blade magic that keeps our Belfast customers returning time and time again,” added Kenny.

Top Blade Belfast opened its doors in 2019, with the current team taking ownership during the summer of 2021, hot off the heels of the Covid pandemic and after many months of closures and disruptions to the hospitality industry; Aaron Taggart, director, said they saw something special in the 50-seater steakhouse.

“When this opportunity was presented to us it immediately felt like the right thing to do, we were excited by the concept and felt that it was a brand that we could roll out. We’re delighted that in less than 18 months we are seeing this dream become a reality. We’re confident that the busy town of Portadown is the perfect spot for our second restaurant.”

The steakhouse officially opened on Wednesday (November 23) and already has almost 2,000 reservations.

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Aaron added: “The response in the run-up to our opening has been phenomenal, I hope that this is just the beginning of many Top Blade restaurants across both the North and South of Ireland, in fact we are already on the lookout for our third location which we intend to open in 2023.”

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