No. 9 Market Square by Owner & Chef Brian McMonagle

Monday, April 15, 2024. 1:46pm
No. 9 Market Square was established in 2024 by Owner & Chef Brian McMonagle

Owner & Chef Brian McMonagle

No. 9 Market Square was established in 2024 by Owner & Chef Brian McMonagle

With over a quarter of a century of cooking in the industry, Brian took the bull by the horns and opened his very own eatery in the heart of his hometown of Letterkenny on 27th March 2024.

A native of Rareagh on the outskirts of Letterkenny, Brian has a wealth of experience since graduating from Culinary Arts at Killybegs Catering College, including working as head chef at Arnolds Hotel in Dunfanaghy aged just 21, the Highlands Hotel in Glenties and The Copper Tap Omagh.

At O’Gradys On the Pier in Galway, he took up the post as head chef winning many accolades at a national level. He returned to Letterkenny in 2011 for a brief period before relocating to the beautiful sleepy village of Donaghmore in County Tyrone some years later where Brian went on to be crowned Best Chef in Tyrone six times.

Now equipped with numerous awards and years of experience, Brian has decided to try his hand at running his own business. Dreaming of owning his own restaurant since he was a “young cub”, Brian said it is “just amazing” that his dreams are now a reality.

Proud to feature McLoone Family Bees and Honey from Glenties, Portnoo Market Gardens, Ulster Mead from Convoy, fresh fish from Killybegs and vegetables from “the wee veg lady” outside the old Dunnes Stores in his dishes, Brian hopes to expand this list as time goes on.

Referring to his restaurant as “his home”, Brian now looks forward to welcoming his customers through his kitchen, up his stairs and into his dining room.

“You aren’t just a customer with dollar signs on your face, you are important and you are going to be looked after”.

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