We apologize as it has been a while since we have published a new review as we have all been extremely busy as of late and as this is a blog of passion we had to put it off until we were all free. For this post we have teamed up with a new website over at mens watches who sell a huge range of curren men’s watches in Ireland. They have given us one of their best selling watches to use a prize to give to you one of our readers as we have having a competition to encourage our readers to send in restaurant reviews from around the country. Men’s watches have come back in fashion again after falling out of favour in the mid 2000s so the best of luck to them with their new venture. To send us a review and therefore enter the competition you can go to our contact us page and fill out the form there.
A lot of our reviews have been very Dublin focused so we would like to add more reviews from smaller country towns and also cities like Galway, Sligo and Limerick where we at the moment have no reviews from. There are often hidden gems in some of these small towns that only the locals really know of so we are on a mission to bring these to our readers and help get them the recognition they deserve as well as bringing more business to local restaurants.
There has been much debate over the years over whether your restaurant should have live music, background music, TV’s on or just keep it nice and quiet. Obviously your target market and the type of restaurant you are running as well as the clientele you would like to attract matter. Should you want to have TV you will usually have to pay for a commercial license which can be over €6,000 per year and this puts many restaurants off this in a bid to cut costs in an already competitive environment.
There are alternatives to this however and by getting a Zgemma TV box you can get freesat TV channels for your establishment. The Zgemma H2H box will allow you to receive free TV channels as it gets free to air channels and it is absolutely legal. What you need for this to work is a satellite dish and then of course one of the Zgemma boxes. Now if you do not have a satellite dish or are not allowed erect one then the other option is to get android TV box which will also allow you to get TV channels and all you need is a fast WIFI connection for this to work. So one of these solutions should get you going for very cheap and might help attract more customers to your restaurant.
For those of you who do not know Boojum are a burrito business that stared out in Belfast and have quickly spread around the country gaining a great reputation from word of mouth. They specialise in one thing and that is why they are so good at it. Burritos have taken off in the last 2 – 3 years in Dublin and it is largely down to the success of Boojum. They provide a healthy and filling snack and you can get a burrito in under 2 minutes made to your liking right in front of you. It is also very cheap. A full burrito with chicken or beef, black beans, rice, lettuce, cheese and any sauce of your choosing costs just €7.00 and it is enough to fill you up for the evening.
There are other burrito bars popping up all over Dublin with strong competition from Tolteca and several independent burrito places are found all over the city. Boojum continue to lead the way however and are opening a new store in Dublin’s busy baggot street. To celebrate this launch they are doing free burritos all day on June 9th (today!). We expect ques will be out there door so I would get their early if you would like a burrito. There is also a Tolteca right across the road who have been doing double fillings for an extra €1.00 probably because they knew Boojum were about to launch this week also.
They are also giving away an android TV box to mark their grand opening. To enter you can go to their website. An android TV box is basically like an android version of the Apple TV and is a cool device so no harm to try and enter. You can read more about them from the guys they teamed up with over at www.androidtvboxes.ie/. Don’t forget about the free burritos today either!