When it comes to outdoor dining, Cork does it best.
Now, hot on the heels of the huge success of the fully pedestrianised and rain-proofed outdoor dining area on Princes Street, another city thoroughfare is ready for its big reveal.
Beasley Street will be officially launched as an alfresco dining space with a party for invited guests on Tuesday before opening to the public for the busy summer ahead.
The unassuming thoroughfare, which runs from the South Mall to Oliver Plunkett Street beside the Maldron Hotel and Market Lane restaurant, has been treated to a makeover as part of a €1m Fáilte Ireland funding boost for five Cork streets with the purpose of providing permanent outdoor dining facilities throughout the city.
The allocation of funds is part of a €9 million programme that will see 38 streets across Ireland develop their capacity for outdoor hospitality, with larger awnings, festoon lighting, giant umbrellas and parasols, and resurfacing.
Market Lane commissioned artist Kevin O’Brien to design and paint a vibrant piece on their gable wall and the space on the colourful street will be shared by surrounding businesses.