The restaurants opening mid-pandemic – and making it work – The Irish Times

The Covid-19 crisis has presented restaurant and cafe owners with immense challenges, with shuttered shopfronts an increasingly common sight and closed for business notices springing up across the country. But some operators are bucking the trend, entrepreneurial spirit has prevailed and they have opened new food businesses, even as others around them have struggled and many have failed.

This week, a new burger bar and sandwich shop called Hush opened its doors in Rathmines, Dublin 6.

The Old Couch Café in Waterford city, a business that was forced to close just weeks after it initially launched in February, has reopened with a new, more ambitious menu that is proving so popular it has had to extend its opening hours.

A landmark cafe, bakery, grocery, cookery school and guesthouse called Firehouse is due to open in Kildare town in two weeks’ time.

In Drogheda, Co Louth, Oliver Dunne earlier this month

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