IRG restaurant group acquires Bolero Brasserie
Island Restaurant Group has acquired Bolero Brasserie, and will bring it under its umbrella of Bermuda restaurants, the organisation said this weekend.
IRG owns Barracuda Grill, Hog Penny, Pickled Onion, Brew, Frog & Onion, IRG Catering and Dockyard Brewing Co.
The group said Bolero, located at 95 Front Street, Hamilton, featured classic and modern Spanish dishes centring around tapas.
Jonny Roberts, the chef-proprietor of Bolero restaurant for more than 15 years, has joined IRG as corporate executive chef.
He will assume responsibilities for all kitchen operations within IRG, and will lead a team of more than 50 chef and kitchen professionals.
Working with a core of five head chefs who run the kitchens at each restaurant outlet, chef Roberts will maintain the food standards at IRG restaurants and bring new creativity and excitement to the mix, the company said.
Philip Barnett, Island Restaurant Group’s president, added: “From the time I met Jonny over 17 years ago, his desire and work ethic to create innovative and delicious food always struck me as being a cut above.
“As our new executive chef, I have no doubt he will carry on the fine job and reputation established by our brilliant chef colleagues over the years and will soon put his creative stamp on all our offerings.”
Chef Roberts has been awarded three “Best of Bermuda” wins for Best Chef in 2016, 2017 and 2022. He is the author of an autobiographical cookbook, Chefs Don’t Feel Pain.
He commented: "I am proud of the achievements I have had to date, and relish the opportunity to take my passion and creativity to the next level.
“This is a big and exciting leap for me, and I look forward to challenging myself and my new team to continue to build on the standards and quality IRG have become known for. Cooking well tasting, beautiful food is my life's work, so it is incredibly exciting to move to this new challenge."
The group said IRG was one of Bermuda’s leading restaurant companies, with more than 35 collective “Best of Bermuda” awards, is a DiRoNA awardee (Barracuda Grill), and this year has three restaurant outlets named in TripAdvisor’s “Travellers’ Choice Award” (placed by customer reviews in the top 10 per cent of all restaurants worldwide).