Brand new Art Diner, DIG IN, has opened on Dublin’s Camden Street at the former site of Green 19. The new venue is a unique art, dining and cocktail experience, in collaboration with renowned Irish contemporary visual artist Maser.

A long time art-centred dream by co-owners Steve Murray and Colin Dickson, the pair decided to use the time of lockdown to invest in bringing the unique concept of an Art Diner to life in Dublin City.

DIG IN is home to an impressive collection of art, with rare works from various world-famous post graffiti artists, including Banksy, Chloe Early, Invader and the only original Conor Harrington painting in Ireland.

Sharing the back story to the project, Co Owner Steve Murray said: “The concept grew during lockdown while researching the future of events and the social experience. During an online conference a quote jumped out.

“Art Always Wins.”

“That was the spark that motivated us that we were on the right path. I called Colin and we started to look at how we could bring our interests and skills together to create something new, something that revolved around an art gallery experience.

That was also what led to calling Maser to bounce off some ideas, something we have always done over the years, a few days later Maser called us about Atelier Maser curating exhibitions at DIG IN and it seemed like the perfect fit.”

The DIG IN food menu is eclectic and imaginative while the intricate cocktail menu has carefully been designed and inspired by the standout art mounted throughout the stylish venue.

Regarding the menu creation, Murray shares “This is something we have put a lot of thought to. Multi-award winning mixologist Colin Dickson has created a unique cocktail menu – where each creation has been carefully inspired by an individual art piece on display.”

“To compliment the rare art collection and extensive bespoke drinks menu, this season’s menu is an eclectic mix including salt beef tacos, Indian pale ale mussels and chicken and mushroom pie. With vegan and coeliac options included such as spinach, pumpkin, fennel and orange salad or lentil and chickpea Curry with coconut and squash.”

With so much uncertainty in the hospitality industry at present and many venues around the country still to reopen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, learning to adapt to the ‘new normal’ is hugely important.

Commenting on opening in the current climate, Murray said: “We are lucky, in a strange way, to have been able to plan the venue from the outset with COVID-19 in mind. We have created distance dining with tables 1 meter apart, provided privacy booths and private dining rooms. Pre-booking can be done through our website and website partners. There are QR code menu options. Takeout orders can be collected, without leaving your car, via our new innovative WhatsApp service.

In addition, a lot of time has gone into staff training, following Fáilte Ireland’s guidelines before opening.”

DIG IN is currently open six days a week, Tuesday to Friday from 5pm to late and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to late.

To find out more, visit www.digin.ie.

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