As the country moves to Level 5 restrictions some local businesses are introducing some innovative measures to keep spirits up as we enter the second lockdown.
Under the current Covid restrictions bars and restaurants can only operate a takeaway service. Faced with this reality, the iconic Uncle Tom’s Cabin bar and restaurant has recalibrated its offering to provide a quality takeaway service for their loyal customers in the weeks ahead.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin – in partnership with the award-winning Dublin Pizza Company – recently launched its exciting new family-friendly Community Food Hub, providing a safe outdoor dining and drinking space for locals and customers to enjoy.
Faced with the new lockdown, Uncle Tom’s Cabin has announced it will temporarily change with the difficult times and to give customers a slice of normality as we adjust to the new restrictions.
The venue is harnessing its special ingredients – mouth-watering Italian pizzas from the Dublin Pizza Company, a complete drinks menu from Uncle’s Tom’s legendary bar and quality coffee from its Community Coffee dock – to create a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ food and drink takeaway service. And it has utilised the spatial surrounds of the car park to create a unique ‘Pizza n’ Pints Drive-Thru’ for local customers.
The venue’s Barry Cassidy explains the thinking behind the move: “We can understand people’s disappointment and worries heading into another lockdown. Like many other businesses, we’ve had to adapt the entire way we operate and this let to the creation of the outdoor Community Food Hub, which was very popular with customers, old and new.
“Now, over the next six weeks, we are facing another challenge but we’re working hard to make sure our local customers can enjoy a top-quality takeaway service so that they can at least recreate the Uncle Tom’s experience from their homes.”
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the Dublin Pizza Company and the Community Coffee have drawn up new takeaway menus for customers.
The pub has reduced the price of its famous pint of Guinness to just €5, and customers will be given special takeaway holders to keep their drinks safe. Other favourites such as Heineken and a large selection of traditional and craft beers are also available at reduced takeaway prices.
The Dublin Pizza Company, meanwhile, offers a true slice for food lovers, serving authentic Italian pizza, fresh Italian pasta and gelato.
Then there’s the coffee … The venue recently opened its Community Coffee dock outside the front entrance, which proved to be a big hit with local residents and commuters. Community Coffee serves all types of coffees and uses 9th Degree Coffee, which is roasted in a micro roastery in the heart of Dublin city-centre by James McCormack, founder of the Dublin Barista School.
Barry, who created the new outdoor project during the first lockdown back in March, added: “The whole idea is to create a fun and safe environment in the community where everyone can come and relax together and enjoy some great food, drinks and coffee”.
“We’re delighted to have our partners Dublin Pizza Company on board, providing a real and authentic taste of Italy on site using their own home-grown organic ingredients.”
Dublin Pizza Company founder Michael Ryan says of the venture: “We have something special and interactive here. This is the model of the future for our industry and I can see this space becoming even more exciting and engaging over the coming months.”
Uncle Tom’s new opening hours are from 4pm to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and from 2pm to 10pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Community Coffee opens from 8am to 4pm every day.