Greystones coffee shop, Relish is the latest casualty in the recent spate of Wicklow eateries forced to shut up shop. Now in double digits for May closures alone, it paints an unsettling picture for those who are currently in the food service industry in the county.
The news of Relish’s closing comes in the same weekend that Pluck’s of Kilmacanogue serve their last food orders. Although the much loved pub in Kilmacanogue will remain open until the end of August, owners Caroline and Shane had earlier in the month announced the upcoming cessation of food service along with a Thank You to their team of chefs whom they wished well in their next ventures.
With operating costs at an all time high, rates showing no sign of being reduced and incremental cost increases becoming more and more familiar, what does the future of food outlets look like in Wicklow?
Whilst there have been a number of new openings in recent months, the closures are currently outweighing the new entrants to the space and your local eatery needs you now more than ever. With International Coffee chains abundant in every town in Ireland, they clearly have a strong, loyal following. Economies of scale, Mouth wateringly large marketing budgets and of course robust cash flow will bolster any lean month when it comes to big name eateries and they will undoubtedly weather the storm better than any independent operation.