The atmosphere was electric.
As restaurants, bars and cafés opened their doors again yesterday as part of Phase 3, Cork’s newly pedestrianised Prince’s Street enjoyed its first outing as a destination dining area.
Local businesses set up tables on the road where customers could enjoy a socially-distanced meal alfresco while enjoying the June sunshine.
What a great set up on Princes Street today, all restaurants have seating outside, more of this please! @Nash19Cork @QuinlansFish @oakfirepizza_ @ClancysCork @rossinicork #PrincesStreet #Cork pic.twitter.com/P9DLtt7zZv
— Olivia Trought (@OliviaTrought) June 29, 2020
With twelve restaurants on the street, there was plenty of choice; Clancy’s Cork was serving lunch and creamy pints, with authentic Italian dishes arriving fresh from the kitchens of Ristorante Rossini, salads and sandwiches from Nash 19 and pies from Oak Fire Pizza.
Diners, thrilled to be out, were raving about the set-up, with hopes it can be replicated across more of Cork’s newly pedestrianised streets, including Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street and Emmet Place.
Well done to all the businesses on Princes street who worked so hard getting the “Eat on the street” initiative across the line. Cork Businesses working together for the betterment of our city @ClancysCork @Nash19Cork @BurntPizzaCork @oakfirepizza_ @QuinlansFish @CBA_cork pic.twitter.com/vrQpyLy0tx
— Eoin O’Sullivan (@Eoinmpos) June 29, 2020
“Imagine that with large, Cork-red parasols between the tables, acting as shade, shelter and place-making.” tweeted Tim O’Connor.
“Huge branding opportunity for a sponsor willing to help out, too.”
“The dream is becoming reality.” tweeted Cllr Dan Boyle.
— Luke. (@LukeKc89) June 29, 2020
“So great to see this. This is how Cork City Centre can be and should be. Between the two rivers you’ll know where we’ll meet on Princes Street.”