Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett is rebranding his restaurant on Friar Street, Thurles.
Formerly known as 'Puccini's', the venue will now be known as 'Time Bistro', with a 'rebrand evening scheduled for this coming Saturday.
Corbett has recruited Marino Monterisi, a former Wicklow 'Chef of the Year' to head the new bistro.
A Dublin city centre eatery is among five food businesses where closure orders were issued by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month.
Environmental health officers issued the order for the Damson Diner on South William Street in Dublin 2 on Monday April 14th and lifted it on Wednesday April 16th. It was one of three eateries closed under the Food Safety Authority Act 1998.
Co Louth restaurant, Rice Asian Kitchen in Ardee, was also forced to close for over a week after a visit by inspectors. The order was served on April 7th and lifted on April 17th.
Co Wexford eatery, Mo’s Kitchen in Larkin’s Cross, Barntown, Wexford was also issued with a closure order and closed for a day in early April.
The Abbey Tavern Howth is back on the market with an asking price of just under €1m.
The property is being sold on the instructions of receiver Tom Kavanagh of Kavanagh Fennell.
The pub is a long-established, traditional-style licensed premises of charm and character. Behind the distinctive facade is an 'olde-worlde' bar with original flagstone floor, timber-beamed ceilings and blazing fires.
Six Munster restaurants will compete in the final of the RAI Restaurants of the Year Awards.
They include The Tannery in Dungarvan which won the Restaurant of the Year title in 2013, 1826 Adare run by Wade and Elaine Murphy, Gallagher’s Seafood Restaurant, Bunratty, Fenn’s Quay Restaurant, Cork, Mulcahy’s Wild Garlic Restaurant, Kerry and The Old Convent Tipperary
Chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins said: “These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 64,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2bn. We’re recognising the talent, hard work and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry.”
Other finalists aannounced last night included: