Permission Being Sought To Transform Rooftop Of Dublin's Trinity Street Car Park Into Outdoor Restaurant And Open Air Cinema
Permission is being sought to transform the rooftop section of Dublin's Trinity Street car park into an outdoor restaurant and open air cinema.
As reported by The Irish Times, Table 21 Restaurants has applied for a temporary change of use for up to a maximum of three years for the top two storeys of Trinity Street Car Park, where it also wants to open an "immersive art gallery" on the fifth floor.
Table 21 Restaurants Owner Statements
According to The Irish Times, the owner Table 21 Restaurants, Derry-born chef Niall Davidson, who opened Allta restaurant and wine bar on Setanta Place in Dublin in 2019 after returning from working in London, said that there is "an appetite for outdoor dining never seen before in Ireland", and that he is planning to operate the proposed rooftop restaurant and raw bar serving seafood from July to October, with opening times of midday to midnight.
The Irish Times quotes Davidson as saying, "I believe that we can turn Trinity car park into an outdoor space in the heart of Dublin, the like of which has never before existed in the city."
Davidson reportedly said that the proposed open air restaurant, which would be accessed through the existing pedestrian entrance to the car park on Dame Lane, would be open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday.
The Irish Times quotes Davidson as saying, "On Monday, we will focus on exhibits in the gallery and live socially distant gigs. On Sundays and early week nights there will be an open air cinema."
Davidson reportedly also said that he has received legal advice that a special restaurant licence is "achievable", and that discussions have been held with Dublin City Fire Brigade, which expressed no concerns about the proposed changes to the building.
Trinity Street Car Park Owners Statement
The Irish Times quotes the owners of the Trinity Street car park as saying that the proposed development "specifically addresses the restrictions of social distancing and indoor dining at a time of uncertainty and provides a unique attraction to combat the decline in visitor numbers witnessed over the past 18 months."
The car park's owners also reportedly said that temporary plans for the rooftop restaurant would not affect the proposed demolition of the multi-storey car park, including Pichet restaurant, to make way for the construction of a new office development, which is under appeal to An Bord Pleanála.
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