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#food and drink

# food-and-drink - Saturday 9 March, 2019

How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters

Commentators have likened the sugary food and drink category to tobacco in the past.

AWARD-WINNING DUBLIN BURGER restaurant BuJo has asked Dublin City Council to overturn a 16-year-old planning rule so it can keep selling food to-go at its Sandymount Green outlet.

The firm has applied for retention permission from city planners to give it clearance for “the consumption of food off the subject premises”, which it said would contribute to the “viability of the business”.

A restriction first imposed in 2003 in an original application for a duplex apartment over a ground-floor restaurant forbid the operation of a takeaway at the Dublin 4 site.

At the time, An Bord Pleanála stated that the original development could go ahead on the condition that “the restaurant shall not provide a ‘take-out’ service … in the interest of residential amenity”.

BuJo opened in the space in 2017. In a submission to the council, prepared on its behalf by property advisor RW Nowlan & Associates, the company noted that the “principle uses of a restaurant have changed somewhat” since the early noughties.

It stated that a “vast number of restaurants in the Dublin region” operate some kind of “off-premises food consumption”.

“The subject restaurant is no exception to this, with the adjoining restaurant operators also trading outside the parameters of the traditional restaurant uses,” it said.

Unlike a traditional takeaway shop, BuJo’s submission stated that its food-to-go offering will “blend in with the existing restaurant use” and wouldn’t change how the restaurant looks or currently operates.

BuJo suggested that its ability to sell takeaway food has a direct impact on its bottom line:

“The viability of the business does rely on a percentage of turnover from the purchase and consumption of food off the premises and it is imperative that retention permission is granted to allow for the viability of the business at this location.”

BuJo2 Source: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

The crux of Bujo’s argument finds some room for manoeuvre in the restriction imposed in 2003. 

It stated that the “minor nature” of the takeaway element at the restaurant, the fact that it’s related to the main business and the changes in the wider food industry over the last 16 years mean that “no breach has occurred in the modern sense of restaurant use”.

In response to queries from Fora, a spokesperson for the city authority said: “Dublin City Council are investigating this matter. The Planning Enforcement Section does not comment on specific cases that are under investigation unless a decision has been made to serve an enforcement notice.”

The spokesperson added that “no such decision has been made on this property to date”.

Separately in recent weeks, Mexican burrito bar Boojum Boojum sought permission to retain a takeaway at one of its Dublin locations after the council received a complaint alleging that the service is being operated in contravention of planning rules.

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# food-and-drink - Thursday 7 March, 2019

'If you're negotiating a deal, never show weakness - be strong and carry it through'

Pádraig McEneany of Celtic Pure talks about his hiring deal-breakers and being brave in business.

Thai food chain Camile is trialling its 'virtual' ramen bar in Ireland

The company’s Slammin’ Ramen concept was first tested in London.

How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters

Commentators have likened the sugary food and drink category to tobacco in the past.

Burrito bar Boojum is fighting to keep a takeaway at one of its Dublin joints

Planners are investigating a complaint against the to-go offering at its Hanover Quay restaurant.

From Business ETC A frequent objector irate about fast food's 'fat arses' is trying to block Supermac's new plaza Building And Property

A frequent objector irate about fast food's 'fat arses' is trying to block Supermac's new plaza

A separate appeal against a project linked to a Facebook- and Google-backed cable has fallen flat.

# food-and-drink - Wednesday 6 March, 2019

From Business ETC 'If you're negotiating a deal, never show weakness - be strong and carry it through' Insight And Opinion

'If you're negotiating a deal, never show weakness - be strong and carry it through'

Pádraig McEneany of Celtic Pure talks about his hiring deal-breakers and being brave in business.

From Business ETC Thai food chain Camile is trialling its 'virtual' ramen bar in Ireland Food And Drink

Thai food chain Camile is trialling its 'virtual' ramen bar in Ireland

The company’s Slammin’ Ramen concept was first tested in London.

# food-and-drink - Monday 4 March, 2019

From Business ETC Burrito bar Boojum is fighting to keep a takeaway at one of its Dublin joints Food And Drink

Burrito bar Boojum is fighting to keep a takeaway at one of its Dublin joints

Planners are investigating a complaint against the to-go offering at its Hanover Quay restaurant.

# food-and-drink - Sunday 3 March, 2019

From Business ETC How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters Retail And Services

How protein bars and healthy snacks have muscled their way onto sweet counters

Commentators have likened the sugary food and drink category to tobacco in the past.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 28 February, 2019

From Business ETC Galway's BIA Innovator Campus for food startups will open its doors in 2020 Food And Drink

Galway's BIA Innovator Campus for food startups will open its doors in 2020

The State-supported project was first mooted two years ago.

'Restructuring last year was challenging. I don't like my staff to be stressed out'

Lorraine Heskin from Gourmet Food Parlour talks avocado toast, recession and keeping staff stress-free.

# food-and-drink - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

From Business ETC 'Restructuring last year was challenging. I don't like my staff to be stressed out' Insights And Opinion

'Restructuring last year was challenging. I don't like my staff to be stressed out'

Lorraine Heskin from Gourmet Food Parlour talks avocado toast, recession and keeping staff stress-free.

# food-and-drink - Friday 22 February, 2019

After a 'disappointing' year, Broderick's aims to ramp up exports from its Tallaght plant

The family-owned confectionary company recently secured new contracts in Europe.

Weight-loss tea maker Miss Fit has shut up shop weeks after a recall of 'misleading' products

The company’s CEO said the closure has nothing to do with a recent FSAI enforcement order.

# food-and-drink - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

From Business ETC Weight-loss tea maker Miss Fit has shut up shop weeks after a recall of 'misleading' products Food And Drink

Weight-loss tea maker Miss Fit has shut up shop weeks after a recall of 'misleading' products

The company’s CEO said the closure has nothing to do with a recent FSAI enforcement order.

# food-and-drink - Friday 15 February, 2019

From Business ETC After a 'disappointing' year, Broderick's aims to ramp up exports from its Tallaght plant Food And Drink

After a 'disappointing' year, Broderick's aims to ramp up exports from its Tallaght plant

The family-owned confectionary company recently secured new contracts in Europe.

'I'd rather work in the middle of the night than get up early - I'm not pretty in the morning'

Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Farmhouse Products also talks about the joys of cleaning mucky pigpens.

Dublin Blue Lager's maker is opening a €10m 'beer factory' in the city centre

The project is being led by the Woolshed’s owner and an ex-Heineken exec.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 14 February, 2019

From Business ETC Grocery delivery startup Buymie has secured fresh funding from retail and rugby stars Startups And Tech

Grocery delivery startup Buymie has secured fresh funding from retail and rugby stars

The Dublin startup recently signed a deal with Lidl to provide its customers with a one-hour delivery service.

# food-and-drink - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

From Business ETC 'I'd rather work in the middle of the night than get up early - I'm not pretty in the morning' Insight And Opinion

'I'd rather work in the middle of the night than get up early - I'm not pretty in the morning'

Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen Farmhouse Products also talks about the joys of cleaning mucky pigpens.

# food-and-drink - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

From Business ETC Dublin Blue Lager's maker is opening a €10m 'beer factory' in the city centre Food And Drink

Dublin Blue Lager's maker is opening a €10m 'beer factory' in the city centre

The project is being led by the Woolshed’s owner and an ex-Heineken exec.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 7 February, 2019

Freshly Chopped plans to sell hats, knives and tea towels to keep its Grafton Street outlet alive

The salad bar chain is trying to make peace with Dublin council after a lengthy planning dispute.

# food-and-drink - Monday 4 February, 2019

From Business ETC Freshly Chopped plans to sell hats, knives and tea towels to keep its Grafton Street outlet alive Retail And Services

Freshly Chopped plans to sell hats, knives and tea towels to keep its Grafton Street outlet alive

The salad bar chain is trying to make peace with Dublin council after a lengthy planning dispute.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 31 January, 2019

'I used to get stressed trying to keep my inbox to zero. These days, I let the emails build up'

Flender CEO Kristjan Koik talks about deal-breakers – and his love of fast cars.

'An appearance on Dragons' Den tripled our sales. When they re-aired the show, it happened again'

Evelyn Garland shares her experiences from quitting her job to set up a company with her partner.

Freshly Chopped might have to rethink its menu thanks to Brexit

The salad bar chain is working on its next supermarket products – and a potential foray into China.

# food-and-drink - Wednesday 30 January, 2019

From Business ETC 'I used to get stressed trying to keep my inbox to zero. These days, I let the emails build up' Insights And Opinion

'I used to get stressed trying to keep my inbox to zero. These days, I let the emails build up'

Flender CEO Kristjan Koik talks about deal-breakers – and his love of fast cars.

# food-and-drink - Saturday 26 January, 2019

From Business ETC Freshly Chopped might have to rethink its menu thanks to Brexit Food And Drink

Freshly Chopped might have to rethink its menu thanks to Brexit

The salad bar chain is working on its next supermarket products – and a potential foray into China.

# food-and-drink - Friday 25 January, 2019

From Business ETC 'An appearance on Dragons' Den tripled our sales. When they re-aired the show, it happened again' Insights And Opinion

'An appearance on Dragons' Den tripled our sales. When they re-aired the show, it happened again'

Evelyn Garland shares her experiences from quitting her job to set up a company with her partner.

# food-and-drink - Tuesday 22 January, 2019

From Business ETC 'A tipping point': A third of restaurants in tourism hotspots served fewer holidaymakers last year Food And Drink

'A tipping point': A third of restaurants in tourism hotspots served fewer holidaymakers last year

Lobbyists have blamed the issue on an ‘oversaturated’ market.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 17 January, 2019

In its second act, rebooted food-waste startup Obeo is ready to take on new markets

The company almost went under last year but returned as an online-only business.

# food-and-drink - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

From Business ETC 'When I was younger, I tried to take the easy way out of things in life' Food And Drink

'When I was younger, I tried to take the easy way out of things in life'

Emma Devlin of Rascals Brewing Company talks about the ‘wow factor’ and balancing passion with planning.

# food-and-drink - Monday 14 January, 2019

From Business ETC In its second act, rebooted food-waste startup Obeo is ready to take on new markets Startups And Tech

In its second act, rebooted food-waste startup Obeo is ready to take on new markets

The company almost went under last year but returned as an online-only business.

# food-and-drink - Thursday 10 January, 2019

The boss of Diageo's local whiskey says Ireland's luxury range is 'underdeveloped'

The drinks giant wants its new Roe & Co brand to take the lead in the super premium category.

From Business ETC Whiskey is booming, but exporters have been warned of an 'over-dependence' on US sales Food And Drink

Whiskey is booming, but exporters have been warned of an 'over-dependence' on US sales

A new report suggests cannabis could upset the drinks market in the coming years.

# food-and-drink - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

From Business ETC The boss of Diageo's local whiskey says Ireland's luxury range is 'underdeveloped' Food And Drink

The boss of Diageo's local whiskey says Ireland's luxury range is 'underdeveloped'

The drinks giant wants its new Roe & Co brand to take the lead in the super premium category.

# food-and-drink - Sunday 6 January, 2019

Blackwater Distillery wants to use blockchain to rid Irish whiskey of 'smoke and mirrors'

The Waterford firm hopes to extend its new traceabilty platform to its suppliers.

# food-and-drink - Monday 31 December, 2018

From Orla Kiely to Jo'Burger, here are Ireland's highest-profile company collapses of 2018

Several well-known names disappeared from the streets over the last 12 months.