We’ve even got the weather for it this week.
Cork’s newest al fresco dining destination was officially launched with a summer bash on Beasley Street last night, as part of a €1.3million investment in the city’s streets by Fáilte Ireland and delivered by Cork City Council.
If you’re in the neighbourhood today you can stroll through for a peek at Ardú street artist, Peter Martin’s latest mural, one of a number of pieces the artist has been commissioned to complete by the end of August. He’s also shared a sweeping view of the piece on Instagram Stories here.
— Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City (@maldronsouthma1) June 14, 2022
The Maldron Hotel on the South Mall is now serving its Grain & Grill Restaurant and Bar menu on the cobbled street from early morning to dinner and diners can also enjoy the full bar menu including cocktails, wine and beer, as well as barista-prepared coffee from the hotel’s Red Bean Roastery coffee shop.
The Maldron has invested €80,000 to bring the new offering, which can seat 180 people, to life, alongside Cork City Council who contributed €120,000.
The investment in Beasley Street funded the introduction of parasols, awnings, giant umbrellas, windbreaks, heaters, festoon lighting and planters. The street has also been resurfaced with original cobblestones.
“The past few summers have really opened people’s eyes to the joys and benefits of outdoor dining,” said Maldron Hotel South Mall General Manager, Robert McCarthy.
“It’s fair to say the Irish weather, even in the summer, can be a little unpredictable which sometimes puts people off eating outdoors but with heaters, umbrellas and awnings we are now fully equipped to deal with anything Mother Nature throws our way.”
Does Beasley Street have more than one name?
Beasley Street has been known by three different names throughout history: Beasley, Beasly, and Beazly Street.
According to The Maldron Hotel: “This street has been spelled differently throughout history, and in true Cork style, we are the only street in Cork to have two of the three nameplates displayed on either end of the street. With ‘Beasley Street’ on the Oliver Plunkett entrance and ‘Beasly Street’ on the South Mall entrance, and Google maps spelling it ‘Beasly Street,’.”
So there you have it; so good they named it thrice.