Too much to swallow: food and drinks sector cries foul over new restrictions

Publicans and restaurateurs fear Friday’s restrictions may be the final nail in the coffin for the beleaguered industry

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
20th September, 2020
Too much to swallow: food and drinks sector cries foul over new restrictions
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks past an outdoor seating area of a cafe in Dublin’s city centre: under level 3 of Covid restrictions, only restaurants and pubs with outdoor facilities will be permitted to open in the capital Picture: Eamonn Farrell

As Guinness and Pallas Foods delivery trucks drove past in Temple Bar last Friday morning, Doug Leddin felt an anger rise in him.

The co-owner of the Ohana cocktail bar on Harcourt Street,, and marketing manager with the Porterhouse pub group said frustration had been simmering in the industry all week.

“I was just furious. I was like the Antichrist, walking through town knowing that all these businesses have spent thousands of euro getting back...

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