The city has lost one of its most popular dining spots.
One of the stalwarts of the Cork’s dining scene has closed its doors with immediate effect.
After over 30 years of trading, Claire Nash of Nash 19 on Prince’s Street made the heart-wrenching announcement, signaling the end of an era and marking the loss of 20 jobs.
Claire told the Irish Examiner that she is devastated with closing the business. “I just can’t believe that it has come to this,” she said.
“It is difficult to blame anyone or anything in particular, but the cost of doing business is unmeasurable, it is out of control and it has led me to the end of the road.”
The restaurant was always passionate about wholesome, real food based on local, seasonal produce.
Claire was also one of the driving forces behind the ‘Eat on the Street’ initiative, which transformed Prince’s St into an al fresco dining hotspot following Covid-19 with heating and canopies.
The Irish Examiner said liquidators have been appointed to Ms Nash’s company, Mac Man Ltd, which was trading as Nash 19, and a creditor’s meeting is due to take place early next.
Nash 19 is just one of several hospitality businesses pulling down the shutters in recent days, with the Cork Business Association (CBA) calling for government intervention. Last week, Pigalle Kitchen on Barrack Street announced it was closing its doors after nearly five years in business.
Tung Sing, one of the first Chinese restaurants to open in Cork, also announced it was closing its iconic Patrick’s Street restaurant after 60 years in business.
In response to the escalating challenges faced by small businesses, heightened by the legacy issues of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the CBA has held discussions with key government officials including Minister for Finance Michael McGrath and Minister for Trade and Employment Simon Coveney, to highlight the major issues facing businesses on Leeside.