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Bandon couple extend their foodie empire

October 13th, 2015 11:50 AM

By Kieran O'Mahony

Amanda and Niall O'Regan at the opening of Son of a Bun, Cork's newest burger restaurant.

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A BANDON husband and wife duo have extended their food business empire with the opening of a 4,500 sq ft burger restaurant in Cork city.

Niall and Amanda O’Regan’s ‘Son of a Bun’ is an 84-seater restaurant on MacCurtain Street, on the site of the former Crowley’s music store. The couple will be using locally-sourced beef from Bandon for the extensive menu.

And they are the first premises in Ireland to be approved by the HSE to serve burgers ‘pink’ and, just hours after their opening this week, customers were already embracing the new concept.

‘The reason why we are serving the burgers pink is that we are mincing on site every day, which allows us to make our signature burgers and we have a clean and transparent supply chain. Our Aberdeen Angus beef comes from the same farm, abattoir and butcher in Bandon,’ Niall told The Southern Star.

‘The Son of a Bun motto is simple: sourced locally, minced daily, and cooked pink. We believe that pink is the best way to serve a burger, and we guarantee that once you taste our burgers, you will feel the same way too.’

The street is becoming something of a mecca for foodies with several new eateries locating there, to complement established restaurants like Isaacs and Greene’s. 

‘As Amanda, my wife, is from London, we’re back and forth there a lot, and something caught our eye about the burger bars there,’ explained Niall. ‘We decided to bring this concept to the Cork dining public so Son of a Bun signifies the dawn of a new burger.’

The restaurant has created 20 full-time jobs and a further 11 part-time staff. Niall and Amanda are no strangers to the restaurant business in Cork, as they own Niall’s in the Rivervew Shopping Centre in Bandon, as well as the Coffee Pods on Lapps Quay and Winthrop Street.

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