Why have so many of Ireland’s restaurants been closing?
With more than one closure a week, ‘staying alive’ is restaurateurs’ new motto
“I look at so many restaurants today operating too close to the wind to continue”: Shane Kenny, owner of Seapoint in Monkstown, Co Dublin, which has closed
In the early hours of Wednesday, July 12th, the chef Gavin McDonagh posted a link on his Facebook page to a video outlining how, in most instances, 90 per cent of the cash a customer spends in a restaurant is eaten up by the proprietor’s overheads.
Seven days later he was back on social media, this time announcing the closure, with immediate effect, of Brioche, the high-profile restaurant in the Dublin suburb of Ranelagh where he was head chef and joint owner.