A 'Huli' going into former Miller & Cook premises

In exciting news for Mullingar, HULI, described as “the next big thing” in fast casual dining, will open its first Irish outlet in the former Miller & Cook building on Market Square.

Billed as a new high quality restaurant concept, HULI which stands for ‘How U Like It’, and is also a take on the Irish ‘hooley’ according to the owners, have announced the restaurant opening for later this summer.

The Pearse Street building is to get a complete overhaul and renovations are already underway inside. When open, the eatery is expected to employ some 30 staff.

The new owners are Peter Wheeler, son Peter Mark Wheeler and Ruth Doyle, all of the RPM Group based in Tullamore.

Peter Wheeler Snr is a retired garda superintendent and now CEO of the RPM Group.

Peter has had a distinguished career with An Garda Síochána. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Human Resource Management and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

“HULI will offer Mullingar diners something very new and exciting,” Mr Wheeler told the Westmeath Examiner.

“HULI will be open from early morning to late night and will offer a menu based on the highest quality and freshest ingredients,” he continues.

“We will be promoting HULI as a destination restaurant. It’s something new and exciting and will also be very accessible for those wanting a quick but exceptional coffee or light bite.

“It’s the brainchild of my son, Peter Mark Wheeler, who is the group’s operations director.

“He has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, with experience at all levels with industry leading operators. He has also run a number of his own restaurants which are trading very successfully for the last 10 years.”

Group partner Ruth Doyle is marketing director. With a background in hospitality management and the food industry, Ruth has worked with Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel and internationally for Radisson, and more recently was a founding director with the Promise Gluten Free Group up to the time of its sale to a UK Private Equity Group in 2017.

“HULI will be a fun place to eat, offering both quality and value,” said Peter Snr.

HULI’s owners are also keen to make it the best place to work in Mullingar and plan to employ more than 30 people in their new venture. They say it will be a fun place to work, where great staff will play a huge part of the experience, and in turn those staff will be highly valued and taken care of.

HULI is expected to open its doors later in the summer and recruitment will begin shortly.

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