Restaurants, cafes and pubs in Dublin’s Temple Bar are devising plans to seat almost 3,000 customers outside their premises when restrictions on outdoor dining are eased nex
Plans for outdoor tables and chairs on 17 streets in the city’s cultural quarter will shortly be submitted to Dublin City Council, which last December refused to permit street furniture in parts of Temple Bar.
Preliminary plans, drafted by business group the Temple Bar Company , propose the use of pedestrian squares and loading bays, as well as footpaths where space allows, but also the requisitioning of road space for tables and chairs to accommodate a potential influx of diners.
The largest number of diners is expected on Fleet Street, where 820 seats are proposed on the footpaths, loading bays and the roadway on both sides of the street, which has low levels of vehicular traffic.
The next largest number of diners is proposed for Parliament Street, currently a main thoroughfare for vehicles coming from the north quays and Capel Street. Here, 548 diners could be accommodated if paths, loading bays and the roadway were used, with traffic reduced to one lane.