Ireland, 2022, The Closures, the Job Losses, the Pain, and Misery, before Xmas?

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Full list of Dublin restaurants and cafes that have recently closed

The hospitality sector has been hit hard by rising costs

Shoe Lane serving cake and coffee
Cake and coffee from Shoe Lane (Image: Shoe Lane/Instagram)

24th November 2022

The blows to Dublin’s restaurant scene continue, with several popular eateries confirming their exits in recent weeks.

The cost of living crisis has hit business owners hard as energy costs continue to soar. Additionally, some establishments have struggled to retain staff alongside contending with economic pressures.

Here is the full list of recent closures below.

Shoe Lane, Greystones

This popular coffee chain announced its Greystones branch was closing due to staffing difficulties and the economic climate. The owners confirmed the sad news on social media, although they reiterated that their Tara Street and Dun Laoghaire locations would remain unaffected.

The owners wrote: “Rising costs, persistent staffing difficulties and a number of other factors have lead to this unavoidable outcome. It was not a decision we made lightly and we had little to no choice in it, regretfully.”

The artisan coffee shop first came to Dublin in 2016 and was well known for its selection of delicious hot and cold drinks.

Shoe Lane first opened in Dublin over six years ago
Shoe Lane first opened in Dublin over six years ago (Image: Shoe Lane/Instagram)

Tir Deli, Baggot Street

Staff at Tir Deli informed customers they would close down one of their city centres on December 2.

They wrote in a statement: “It breaks our hearts to announce that we will be closing our Baggot Street store on Friday, 2 December. It’s tough out there and we just couldn’t find a way to make it work. For that we are sorry.”

However, the business will continue to promote its sustainable menu at its Hatch Street premises.

Store and Yard, Wicklow Branch

This trendy cafe announced they were closing down to rising costs last week. Similarly to the above businesses, they have an additional branch which will remain open. However, the owners are saying a permanent goodbye to their location in Belmont Demesne, citing their café as being “no longer financially viable” in uncertain times.

Pigeon House Restaurant, Clontarf

The owners of this popular dining spot closed the business after an impressive eight years in operation. They took the opportunity to thank staff for their hard work over the years and wished the new owners of the premises good luck.

The social media post read: “Although our hearts are heavy, we feel blessed to have chased our passion for nearly 8 years. “We will be forever grateful to all our staff, past and present, for all the customer support and love over the years. We are feeling positive for the future and wish you all the best.”

Pigeon House, Clontarf
Pigeon House, Clontarf (Image: Pigeon House/Instagram)

Cali Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire

Popular Dun Laoghaire cafe Cali Kitchen will shut its doors on November 27 after three and a half years in business. Announcing the closure on social media, the owners said they can “no longer juggle everything on their plate” and the time has come to “pass on the mantle to another great business”. It has not yet been confirmed who will fill the space.

Winedown, Montague St

Winedown, sister bar of Meltdown, will close for good this Saturday, November 12. Owner Maeve O’Malley said “like so many businesses, Winedown is not financially viable in this climate”. She said coupled with the arrival with her new baby, she “can’t make it work anymore”.

The funky restaurant is located on Montague Street
The funky restaurant is located on Montague Street (Image: Winedown/Instagram)

Table Wine, Dublin 8

Pleasants Street wine bar Table Wine will shut this month after a year in business. In a post on social media, the owners said their last day would be November 19, and described the decision as “very, very hard” to make.

“We truly feel we have one of the funnest, most solid, dynamic and creative teams in any restaurant in Ireland, they have been super understanding of the overall situation and their support has been incredible and heartwarming,” they said.

Box Burger Bray

The popular Bray restaurant first opened back in 2015 but officially shut its doors on November 6. In a post on social media last month, Box Burger highlighted the “rising costs in the industry” and said they are “no stranger to this”.

They wrote: “We are sad to announce that Box Burger will be closing on Sunday 6th November. The last seven years have been an absolute blast but unfortunately the time has come for Box Burger to say goodbye. This was an extremely tough decision and not something we ever wanted to happen.”

The Saucy Cow Eatyard

This vegan restaurant c onfirmed on social media they were closing their Eatyard location , which operates within the grounds of Drumcondra’s Bernard Shaw. The owners wrote: “Unfortunately due to the general going ons of the times we have had to make the difficult choice to close our Eatyard location.”

“Eatyard has been our second home for the last three years and although we are very sad to say goodbye, our hearts are filled with love and the best memories,” the added. Customers can still visit their Temple Bar restaurant.

The Saucy Cow in Eatyard
The Saucy Cow in Eatyard (Image: The Saucy Cow/Instagram)

B and C Coffee Co.

The Crumlin village cafe closed its doors last month after almost two years in business as a result of “outrageous” rising costs. The owners wrote on Instagram: “With the continuing hike in prices on products inflicted on us all and the outrageous hike in prices by anti working class electrical companies with more increases on the way we just cannot sustain business with such overheads for a small premises.”

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