Opened in March by proprietors Spencer and Sandra Lacey The Salthill Social is more than just another restaurant, it is part of the fabric of Salthill and wider Galway community.
The Laceys, parents to three young children, wanted an establishment that welcomed families with their extra noise and paraphernalia while offering nutritious meals, from a varied menu with a focus on socialising, and a community vibe.
Spencer says: 'Salthill is beautiful. There is no better destination to run a restaurant. As part of The Village Salthill business community we meet every Thursday to do stuff to make Salthill better; be it Zombie walk, Christmas lights, St Patrick's parade, etc. That is why the Salthill Social, located in Lenaboy Gardens in the heart of The Village, is exactly the type of restaurant that this community is crying out for."
Realising a fresh pair of eyes were required to fulfill this ambitious vision restaurant manager Daragh O'Driscoll was hired in July with a remit to cement the Salthill Social as the go to casual dining restaurant in the vicinity and he did not waste any time. With a complete front of house, kitchen staff, and decor overhaul later, the Salthill Social is close to achieving that dream.
Daragh said: "My first decision as manager here was to really listen to our customers to learn what worked for them and what needed changing if we were to thrive in this cutthroat industry.
"Drawing on the experience of both myself and Kenneth Leyden (our new head chef ) we fine-tuned our daily menu of breakfast, lunch, and all day brunch to keep the trade consistent and brisk."
New evening menu launch
Friday October 27 sees the launch of a new evening menu which, in keeping with the social vibe, has a selection of great value platters specifically designed for sharing. Daragh says; "We drew on inspiration from around the world and devised this menu which could be described as tapas with a twist. We feel our platters which encourage sharing, will add a more lively aspect to the easy going atmosphere that everyone experiences in the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of The Salthill Social.
"Primarily we are looking at only offering evening meals Friday through to Sunday but if there is a need to accommodate demand, we will expand the evening offering to more days."
The Salthill Social is much more than an evening meal for two or a chilled gathering of friends. Parent and toddler groups, yoga mornings, nutritional speakers, and other community events take place at the building representing the restaurant's appeal to all members of the Salthill community.
With a social media rating of 4.5 on Facebook and 4+ on trip advisor, the Salthill Social is already living up to its name.