Over 40% of all Dublin pubs planning on reopening as a restaurant in June
Over four out every 10 pubs in Dublin plan on reopening early.
More than four out of every 10 pubs in Dublin are planning on reopening ‘essentially as restaurants’ on 29 June, according to new figures released by the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA).
The figures were revealed in a survey conducted by the LVA between Monday and Tuesday of this week, with 44% confirming their intention to reopen on 29 June.
As it stands, pubs are not expected to reopen until 10 August (Phase 5) at the very earliest.
When applied to the 750 pubs located across the capital, that means approximately 330 are planning to reopen. These pubs have restaurant certificates and accordingly are licensed restaurants, according to the LVA.
The survey also revealed that food is available from more than seven out of every 10 Dublin pubs, with 72% confirming they serve food on their premises.
The LVA are advocating that all pubs that serve food be allowed open on 29 June on the same basis as restaurants.
In light of this data, the LVA has called on the Government to follow through on their promise to engage with the sector about the future of pubs.
Speaking on Wednesday in reaction to the survey, LVA Chief Executive Donall O’Keeffe said: "This again highlights the urgent need for the Government to engage with the pub sector. More than four out of every 10 pubs across Dublin are gearing up to reopen as restaurants next month.
"This reflects the strong emphasis many pubs throughout Dublin have put on food service in recent years.
"These venues have restaurant certificates and are just as capable of following the public health guidelines as restaurants and cafes. Food is a major aspect of their business so why should they be treated differently to other venues serving food and alcohol?
"We expect there will be a strong demand for these venues, with many pubs reporting a significant public appetite for when they will be serving food again."