By Declan McQuaid of the Gourmet De-Lite series by Peg Cochran
My name is Declan McQuaid, and I run a restaurant in Woodstone, Connecticut. My heritage is Irish, but I was born and raised in England. My parents owned a small pub where my Mum served a decent Ploughman’s lunch and a selection of butties. Nothing fancy, mind. My place is a little more upscale with the feel of a cozy pub but a slightly more gourmet menu. It’s not that I’m trying to go my parents one better. Mum and Dad ran a great establishment—they worked long, hard hours to make a go of it. But I’ve got a hankering to create something a little different.
I have to admit a lot of women come in to sit at the bar and have a chin wag. I don’t mind. I’ve got a bit of a reputation as a lady’s man, and I won’t deny there’s some truth in it. I’d like to settle down—just haven’t met the right woman yet.