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When Will Ireland’s Michelin Restaurants Reopen?

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There is no doubt that recent times have led to a lot of uncertainty in the restaurant business, particularly that of high-end Michelin Star establishments – even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In January this year, one year after being awarded a Michelin Star, Mews in Cork closed citing that continuing with the business was ‘unsustainable’ and, unfortunately, it is not the first and most likely not the last closure we will see.

Brexit unquestionably has had an impact on business in Ireland, as well as rising rents and rates. However, the situation now has become quite unprecedented, and obviously worrying for the future of the restaurant sector, leaving many wondering if these businesses will be able to reopen their doors again once it has passed.

Initially, L’Ecrivian was the one of the first to announce its closure on the 14th March stating that in line with guidelines for reopening that they would revisit the option at the end of the month. Most restaurants seem to have closed from the 16th March, in line with bar closures prior to the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Here is a list of the some confirmed closures of Michelin Star restaurants:

  • Aimsir, Celbridge – closed from 16th until 31st March
  • The Greenhouse, Dublin 2 – closed
  • Restaurant Patrick Guiband, Dublin 2 – closed from 18th 29th March
  • The Oak Room, Limerick – both resort and restaurant closed from 17th March
  • L’Ecrivain – closed from 14th until 30th March unless otherwise stated
  • Chapter one – closed from 16th March and then will review
  • House at Cliff House, Waterford – closed from 17th March at noon
  • Ichigo Ichie, Cork – closed
  • Restaurant Chestnut – closed from 16th March, postponed reopening for third season
  • Wild Honey Inn, Clare – closed from 15th March until the end of the month
  • Liath, Blackrock – closed from 16th March
  • Loam, Galway – closed from 15th March until further notice
  • Variety Jones, Dublin – closed from 15th March

The following restaurants didn’t respond and had no messages online – leaving us to assume they are closed for the month.

  • Aniar, Galway – no answer
  • Campagne, Kilkenny – no answer on phone

Unlike other restaurants in the service industry, Michelin Star food does not particularly translate well for delivery or potentially even for a reduced service, making it incredibly worrisome about their ability to adapt to what the future holds. The only certainty here is that these are extraordinary times and more will follow.

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