The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu has this week celebrated the reopening of outdoor dining for restaurants and pubs in Dublin City at a photocall in Suffolk Street, one of the many areas where footpaths have been widened by Dublin City Council to facilitate outdoor dining.
“We know that it is a huge relief for all those businesses in hospitality to welcome customers back to their premises for outdoor dining,” commented the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu.
“We hope that as more restrictions are lifted in the coming months people will be able to enjoy all the fantastic amenities, venues, culture and vibrancy that makes Dublin such a great city,” she added.
Meanwhile Mark McGowan, president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said that the past 15 months have been a struggle for many business owners and their staff,
“We are extremely thankful to Dublin City Council for all their hard work in supporting restaurants and hospitality businesses prepare for outdoor dining. Over the next few weeks, we encourage Dubliners to dine out and enjoy world-class food and atmosphere,” he said.
In order to facilitate the reopening of outdoor dining in the city, Dublin City Council, following a number of consultations, has introduced increased pedestrianisation and dining space as part of the wider programme of activity being undertaken by the Office of City Recovery.
Since the end of May, the following four streets will either be traffic-free or have sections of them traffic-free after 11am.
These include Anne Street South from the junction of Dawson Street, South William Street from Exchequer Street to the Brown Thomas carpark exit, Drury Street after its junction with Fade Street to the Drury Street underground carpark and Dame Court from Exchequer Street.
Capel Street will also have increased pedestrian space while footpaths on Merrion Row and Lower Baggot St. have been widened to facilitate outdoor dining. Initially for the summer, a review will then take place in the autumn to ascertain the long-term viability of these measures.
“We have also waived all street furniture fees until the end of 2022 in order to help businesses struggling to recover post Covid-19,” said Coilín O’Reilly, Director of the City Recovery Taskforce.
“And I would like to take this opportunity to remind tourism and hospitality businesses that applications remain open for financial support from the Outdoor Dining Enhancement Scheme.”