Covid squeeze: paying a deposit to secure a restaurant reservation is likely to become the norm. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Paying a deposit to secure a restaurant reservation is likely to become the norm, as restaurateurs respond to a new wave of no-shows that are threaten(...)

People are being urged to plan Christmas Day carefully, keeping the guest list short. Photograph: Getty Images

Advance booking for Mass, no sitting on Santa’s lap and off-peak shopping are among the Government’s suggestions for navigating Christmas safely as th(...)

 Covid-19 signage on a bar in FIRE restaurant. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Anyone looking for a dinner reservation in the run-up to Christmas may already have left it too late as a surge in bookings ahead of restaurants reope(...)

Vanessa Murphy and Anna Cabrera at their restaurant Las Tapas de Lola on Camden Street,  Dublin. “There are not very many restaurants in the city with enough outdoor seats to make it viable to open,” says Murphy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

“I find it hard to believe that they will close us this evening, but we saw it happen in Kildare.” Denise McBrien, general manager of The Old Spot in (...)

Nick Munier plans to open up a new restuarant in Dublin: “I want the restaurant and not the main chef in the kitchen to be the focus.”.Photograph: Alan Betson

When Nick Munier talks about selling his share in the Dublin restaurant Pichet, and his plans to open a new city-centre restaurant and bar early ne(...)