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ACP003: Bia Mara

This episode is all about Bia Mara, a new take on Fish & Chips that started in Brussels and grew to the UK under the name Hook.

We talk to Creative Directer and Co-Founder Barry Wallace about his past and how it led him and business partner Simon Whiteside to setting up Bia Mara.

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Bia Mara is currently sitting at #12 on Tripadvisor’s Top 20 Restaurants in Brussels and is purely due to the hard work, passion and ambition from this duo.

Their approach to Fish and Chips provides a wide variety of options with a seasonal menu that selects only the freshest fish, plus an ever-changing menu with numerous combinations of batters.

What started off as one shop in a shady part of town has now become a thriving hub for all people to go and grab a bite to eat, raising the standard of fast casual dining.

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About the Show

In part one, we get into Barry’s past work where he started out as a keen streetwear and fashion enthusiast. Focusing on his role as a fashion buyer, Barry picked up an eye for effective branding.

During the recession, he and business partner Simon sought greener pastures. Starting with a market stall in Dublin, they honed in on their winning combination of food preparation.

After a few ups and downs, they found themselves an investor which started Bia Mara.

And the rest? Listen and find out!

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Want to know about the Bia Mara guys?
Check out their

Facebook: Bia Mara or Hook

Instagram: Bia Mara

Or why not watch their episode with Guy Fieri on Dinners Drive-ins and dives