Dublin Bakery Bread 41 To Open New Restaurant
Dublin bakery Bread 41 is planning to open a new restaurant as part of a €265,000 revamp.
As reported by The Irish Times, Bread 41, which is located on the capital's Pearse Street, will open the planned restaurant upstairs in its premises, and has also expanded into a new premises next door to its current premises as part of its revamp.
The Irish Times quotes Bread 41 owner Eoin Cluskey as saying, "We've expanded into the unit next door with a sort of lab concept with alternative sugars and grains. That's been open for about 12 weeks. When COVID is done, you'll be able to walk in there and see the pastry room working. There'll be a click-and-collet option there also.
"You can already walk along Pearse Street and look in the window and see what's going on. We want the bakers to see daylight and we want the public to see the bakers."
Planned Restaurant Details
The Irish Times quotes Cluskey as saying regarding the process of opening the planned restaurant upstairs at Bread 41, "We were previously renting that unit as an office, but we’ve taken that back since COVID hit.
"We've transformed that into an eatery, and we're trying to figure out what way it will look with people sitting indoors. We've recently put in a fresh air supply up there, so it's 100% air in and 100% air out.
"I think we're one of the first in Dublin to do that, and I think it will be pretty important going forward for people to know there is fresh supply coming in.
"It will be a 44-seater upstairs. We'll probably make upstairs a bookable brunch at the weekend. I believe we'll have that fully-fitted by the second week of June, and will be September before we're allowed have anyone sitting there."
According to The Irish Times, Cluskey said that the seating capacity of Bread 41's downstairs area, which previously seated up to 58 people, will be cut by 25% to reflect the post-COVID-19 era.
The Irish Times quotes Cluskey as saying, "It was always rammed, tight, with the windows all steamed up, because it was that sort of environment. It's going to take a long time to get back to that, so we're taking some seats out downstairs to give some breathing space.
"We'll have an in-out type thing every morning. We'll get rid of some of the seating downstairs. People will be able to sit-down upstairs now for food and see an open kitchen, which we didn't have before, so that's quite a significant move for us."
According to The Irish Times, Cluskey said that €265,000 has been self-invested into the Bread 41 revamp project, and he received €50,000 from Enterprise Ireland, €29,000 of which is repayable.
The Irish Times quotes Cluskey as saying, "It's worth it. I believe in the area. I believe people will come back to Dublin. A percentage of people will want to continue working from home, but everyone needs that hustle and bustle in life no matter how much they give out about it."
Employee Count And "Big Things Coming"
The number of people employed by Bread 41 will reportedly increase from 27 to at least 36 when the venue is fully operational, and Cluskey reportedly said that there will be "big things coming down the pipeline."
Supplying Outdoor Markets
Cluskey reportedly said that, in the meantime, he will continue supplying outdoor markets, which he has been doing since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The Irish Times quotes Cluskey as saying, "When the pandemic hit, I bought a 1948 milk float. We got that from the UK and we turned it into a bread mobile.
"We go to Blackrock Market on Saturdays and Sundays as well as a farmer's market called Naomh Olaf in Sandyford. We've grown into those markets, and they've been a massive success."
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