Increasing energy prices, economic uncertainty and labour shortages have put enormous pressure on restaurants, and every day lately seems to bring another closure. Here's where's shut up shop in the last few weeks.
The Pigeon House, Clontarf
The Pigeon House Clontarf has closed, with one of their chefs posting a picture of "the last dessert served in The Pigeon House" on Sunday 13th November, followed by the final ticket in the kitchen saying "that's all folks, the pigeon has flown x". The restaurant had held a Michelin Bib Gourmand award until this year when it was dropped from the guide completely. Their sister restaurant Pigeon House Delgany remain open.
Cali Kitchen, Dún Laoghaire
Californian-inspired Dun Laoghaire café Cali Kitchen, owned by Catríona and Steve Roberts (an ex-Ballymaloe pupil) have announced they will close for good on Sunday November 27th. They opened their colourful, healthy-eating focused café three and a half years ago after returning home from California, but say they can no longer juggle everything on their plate, and the time has come to "pass on the mantle to another great business". No news yet on who will fill the space.
The Store & Yard, Greystones
The Store and Yard Café at Belmont Demense in Greystones, an offshoot of Sandycove Store and Yard, has closed, posting on November 9th that their second location is not "financially viable in this current climate". Their Sandycove Store and Yard remains open.
Winedown, Montague Street
The closure of Meltdown's sister wine bar Winedown was announced on November 4th after two-years of trading. Owner Maeve O'Malley blamed today's the current climate, along with difficulty in making it work alongside family life. Their last day of trading will be this Saturday, November 12th, if you want to pop in for one more glass.
Table Wine, Dublin 8
Table Wine & Loose Canon owners Kevin Powell and Brian O'Keefe announced on October 18th that their high profile Pleasants Street wine bar Table Wine would close in November, after just a year of trading. The pair previously ran Meet Me in the Morning café in the same location, but they swapped coffee beans for natural wine in November 2021. They blamed "everything being the way it is" as the reason for the decision to shut the wine bar, and their last service will be on Saturday November 19th if you want one last plate of pickled eggs.
Circa, the former Michelin-recommended restaurant in Terenure, is the city's highest profile closure yet. They announced their time was up on October 4th, citing price increases and staff shortages as part of the reasons for the decision. Originally opened by four industry friends four years ago, they blazed brightly at the start, with Michelin awarding them a Bib Gourmand in their first year of opening, but taking it away the year after. One by one the founders left to do other things, and head chef Gareth Naughton stepped away from the restaurant mid-pandemic, leaving owner/manager Ross Duffy as the only original founder left. Circa has shut with immediate effect.
Vegan Sandwich Co, Smithfield and St. Stephen's Green
Both Vegan Sandwich Co. locations have closed, with owner Sam Pearson having to announce the news on his personal Instagram account on October 5th - the company's page was recently hacked and they still have no access to it. He blamed rising costs, energy prices and rent doubling in their St Stephen's Green site as the overarching factors that have shut his stores, and described himself as 'heartbroken' but 'proud'. He's also pledged to help his former employees find new jobs.