A Cork restaurant owner says that she has been able to achieve up to a third of the business they had pre-Covid when fully embracing outdoor dining in the warm weather.
Tracey Sweeney, co-owner of the Market Lane Group in Cork which operates the Elbow Lane, Goldie and Market Lane restaurants on Oliver Plunkett Street told 'The Irish Examiner' that improved pedestrianisation in the city has been a "lifesaver" for their business.
"With the addition of permanent outdoor seating along the spine of Oliver Plunkett Street we've been able to regain 30% of the covers we had pre-Covid, albeit when the weather is accommodating," Ms Sweeney said.
"This not only helps us recover as a business but creates new, exciting opportunities, particularly for smaller traders on the street, that simply didn’t exist before. It really helps us future-proof our businesses, as we think that the move to outdoor dining is becoming more and more important to cater to.”