Accolades roll in for Irish restaurants, but closures still on the menu for some

With a cluster of new Michelin stars on their way to Irish restaurants this week, the sector should be booming. But many businesses say they are under more pressure than ever after last year’s Vat hike

Gillian Nelis

Managing Editor @gnelis
6th October, 2019
Emmet Murphy, chef Gareth Naughton and Ross Duffy in Terenure: their restaurant won a Bib Gourmand last week Pic: Fergal Phillips

Fridays are always busy for Gareth Naughton. The chef at Circa in Terenure in Dublin usually spends them preparing for a busy weekend of service, but last Friday was a little different.

“I feel a little overwhelmed,” he told The Sunday Business Post after learning that Circa had won a Bib Gourmand, an award which the Michelin Guide gives to restaurants offering “good quality, good value” cooking.

“For three lads with...

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