With any luck, it won’t be for long.
Another Cork pub has been forced to close its doors temporarily due to the double threat of Covid-19 infection and restricted trading hours.
Atlas, a popular cocktail bar and restaurant on Oliver Plunkett Street, announced the news on social media this afternoon.
“It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to close the doors of Atlas for a little while.” the management said in a post.
“With our small body of staff, the current rate of infection, and new trading hours, we feel it is in the best interest of everyone to take a little break.
“We thank you all so much for bearing with us through this truly bizarre year and hopefully the future will bring positive things.”
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Atlas is the latest local hospitality business to shut up shop amid a surge in Omicron infections across Cork, with The Glass Curtain restaurant and Thompsons Restaurant and microbrewery on MacCurtain Street both closed for now.
Happily, there is some light at the end of the tunnel; The Woodford has now reopened, serving everything from coffee to cocktails from 12 midday to 8pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Up on Barrack Street, Tom Barry’s is also open every day this week and while the pizza oven is cold for now, they are serving drinks from 4pm-8pm.