Hear that? The sound of a distant but distinct ‘na na na na nah!’? That’ll be the sound of Drogheda residents and boy, but do they have good reason for a touch of smugness. They have the chic, smart Eastern Seaboard Bar and Grill on their doorstep and - sorry ‘n’ all - but you don’t. What’s more, in 2011, they added Brown Hound - arguably the prettiest bakery in the country - and the far from ordinary Mo’s To Go takeaway to their good food tally.
All three are thanks to husband and wife team, Reuven Diaz and Jeni Glasgow - we’d christen them Smart and Smarter but that would belie the fact that this is a marriage of equal, and different, talents - he the master in the kitchen, she with the razor sharp eye for design. Whoever supposes it folly to start a business (or three) in the midst of a recession - not to mention siting a hip, sophisticated eatery in the incongruous surroundings of a housing estate on the outskirts of Drogheda - will have at least a couple of weeks to reconsider their position when they find that that is how long it will take to get a buzzy Friday or Saturday night table at Eastern Seaboard. A legend in the making.