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Four New Openings You Need To Know About

It’s a brave new world for the hospitality industry, and as such, new openings are once again ‘a thing’. It might well be safe to assume that the worst is behind us, but we are in no doubt that opening a business in this climate is still a daunting task. For that reason, among many others, we urge you to visit any new business in your local area. Here are four new food businesses worth checking out. Believe us, it won’t be a hardship…

Mae Restaurant

The darling of the culinary world, Gráinne O’Keefe has gone and done it again. Not satisfied with being a major player in Dublin’s burger scene and one of Ireland’s most highly regarded chefs, the Dublin native has just opened her first restaurant above The French Paradox (a wine bar we are also fans of) in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Named after her grandmother, Mae promises to bring modern, seasonal cooking with superb wine pairings to its patrons. Bookings went live last week and the restaurant is booked out for the next three months so plan well ahead if you want to visit.

Main featured image: Mae restaurant via @Grainne43

Donnybrook Fair at Dundrum Town Centre

The reasons to visit Dundrum Town Centre (not that we needed any) have just increased dramatically with the news that upscale grocer Donnybrook Fair is set to open in the recently renovated Pembroke Square, in a space previously earmarked for Fallon & Byrne. The new location will consist of a bar, restaurant and gourmet food store all under one roof and is set to open in the coming weeks. The space will also be home to several pop up food experiences, which is bound to keep things interesting.

Little Cactus, Stoneybatter

Coffee, cacti and vintage clothes may not seem like an obvious combination, but strangely, at Little Cactus in Dublin’s Stoneybatter, it works. With sandwiches from Greenville Deli, coffee from Bailies and pastries from Tartine Bakery you know you can expect good things. Little cactus feels like a real neighbourhood gem and who doesn’t love a cactus?

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Bakeology, Meath Street

Lovers of Bakeology, the purveyor of Argentinian treats in Dublin will be happy to hear that they have just opened up their very first premises on Dublin’s Meath Street. Open Monday – Friday from 9 – 4 and Saturday from 9 – 5, expect coffee, sandwiches, quiches, alfajores with dulce de leche and plenty of other Argentinian sweet treats. With the bright yellow shop frontage injecting some sunshine into the area, you can’t miss it.

And finally

Derry Bowe Downs, former head chef of Delahunt and Locks is due to open his new restaurant venture in September. While we don’t know the location just yet, we are sure it will be worth a visit if his pandemic shopfront wares were anything to go by. Derry spent the pandemic churning out homemade Guinness bread, home smoked salmon and an array of other goodies, with all proceeds going to charity.


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