Fallon & Byrne closure is a timely warning for Dublin restaurants

The closure this week of the Fallon & Byrne upscale foodhall and restaurant in Rathmines caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth across leafy Dublin 6, and beyond.

On Friday evening, further rumours were emerging that a second well-regarded Dublin restaurant was about to hit the wall, following in the footsteps of others such as Luna. Outside of the capital, another foodie haven, L’Atmosphere in Waterford, also shut this week.

Why are well-located, fashionable food venues hitting the buffers during an economic and consumer boom? We can, at least partially, blame the internet.

Away from the usual Zone A prime retail areas, a major change is under way. Many specialist traditional retailers, such as music shops and bookstores, are closing due to relentless competition from online retailers.



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