The Skip­per sets sail

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

VENTRY lost a favourite eat­ing place at the week­end with the much-lamented clo­sure of The Skip­per restau­rant, which has fed lo­cals and visitors with the best of food for the past 20 years.

As a farewell gift to his reg­u­lar cus­tomers, Paddy Chau­vet of­fered free meals on Fri­day and Saturday night and the house was full on both nights with peo­ple who wanted to say farewell and to wish him good for­tune in his new ven­ture at the Din­gle Penin­sula Ho­tel near Ri­asc where he is tak­ing over the restau­rant.

The Skip­per was opened some 20 years ago by Paddy’s mother, Cathy, and she was joined a year later in the busi­ness by his father, Michel. This meant that Paddy grew up be­tween La Rochelle and Ventry where he went to school for a time and came to be known as ‘Paddy the French­man’.

In 2010 Paddy took over The Skip­per fol­low­ing his mother’s death and since then his par­tic­u­lar French / Ir­ish mix, good food and good prices has seen the restau­rant be­come a greatly ap­pre­ci­ated land­mark in Ventry.

Last year, the rented premises in which The Skip­per was lo­cated was put up for sale and, hav­ing pon­dered his op­tions, Paddy de­cided to close the restau­rant, to the dis­may of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

To show his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to his many loyal cus­tomers he fed them with free paella, topped up their glasses and left be­hind the in­vi­ta­tion to cross Mám na Gaoithe to en­joy his cook­ing in the Din­gle Penin­sula Ho­tel, where we wish him the best of good luck.

Paddy Chau­vet (seated cen­tre) with two of his long-serv­ing staff, Liz Greenan and Brian Ruddy, along with some of his reg­u­lar cus­tomers at the clos­ing night in the Skip­per Restau­rant on Saturday.

Michel Chau­vet - the original Skip­per.

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