Restaurants were officially allowed to reopen three weeks ago, but many have decided it's just not viable to open their doors yet with such reduced capacity due to social distancing. Others have taken a bit longer to get up and running and figure out how to make their business work in "the new normal", and these are the latest places in the city to swing their doors back open.
After months of total silence from Gertrude we'll admit to feeling a tad concerned, but the lady is back - for Saturday and Sunday brunch only. They reopened at the weekend with reduced seating, a maximum stay of one hour and 15 minutes, and reservations are advised. They're taking details for contact tracing, if you're more than five minutes late you'll need to rebook into the next available slot, and yes the fried chicken and buttermilk pancakes are still on the menu.
Fish Shop Benburb St
Fish Shop Benburb Street are back as of last Thursday with a reduced capacity of eight people (ouch) and a maximum group size of two. Walk-ins are welcome but bookings are strongly advised as you'll no longer be able to wait for a seat on site - and with those eight seats likely to be very in demand you want to make sure you haven't braved the Luas for nothing. Takeaway is also available online or in person. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
There are sandwiches, then there are 147 Deli sandwiches. We had our first "Dublin dip" just before lockdown and spend most of it wondering when we'd be able to have another one. The good news is they reopened yesterday, and the Dublin Dip is first up as a special. RUN don't walk. The menu is the same as before but they're adding a new toastie menu next month, and for now it's takeaway only from 08:00 - 15:00 Monday - Saturday.
L. Mulligan Grocer
The guys at L. Mulligan Grocer in Stoneybatter have been undertaking some epic work to make their premises as safe as possible to return to. They've taken out tables, have sanitiser on each table, staff are wearing visors & masks, there's no-touch door handles, sensor taps, new partitions, cleaning protocols and new sanitise-able upholstery. Menus can be viewed on your phone via QR codes and they've staggered bookings so you won't arrive at the same time as a load of others (so be on time please). They're starting with dinner Friday and Saturday and Sunday lunch, and they're promising lots of scotch eggs, fish and chips and craft beer. Book by emailing email@example.com or calling 01 6709889. Click and collect for growlers of draught beer is still available.
One Pico reopened last week on their 23rd birthday, promising social distancing and strict procedures but the same warm welcome, wonderful food and great service. They're open for lunch from Thursday -Saturday and dinner Tuesday - Saturday. Reservations must be made on their website.