Food & Wine

The Secret Restaurateur: When will the government wake up to the crisis facing restaurants?

The new year is seeing no let-up in the number of restaurants closing their doors, and behind each and every one is a story of individual heartbreak

Claire Nash of Nash 19 restaurant in Cork which has closed after 32 years in business. Picture: John Allen

The funny thing about a new year is that it invariably begins with many of the same old worries of one just gone. This time last year I wrote about what seemed to be a steady trickle of restaurant closures, but what started as a trickle in January 2023 seems to have become a flood in January 2024.

I spent some time in Cork over Christmas, and I was stunned by the number of restaurant closures that were announced while I was there. Nash 19, which had been open for 32 years, suddenly used social media to announce that it was closing due to rising costs.