‘Insane’ Costs Force Closure

Loam, a Michelin starred restaurant in Galway, is closing due to what its owners describe as "insane" running costs.

Owners Enda McEvoy and Sinead Meacle say operating costs have become prohibitively expensive and, as a result, the restaurant will not re-open this spring. The couple say they have taken an opportunity to be released from a lease on the premises at the Fairgreen in Galway.

They will continue to operate a second restaurant, Éan, on Druid Lane in the city. They say they are also working on a new project.

In a post on their website, the couple said that while they will miss having a presence on the Fairgreen, they were happy that the decision was the correct course of action for them.

Loam opened in late 2014 and was awarded its first Michelin star months later, in September 2015. It retained this accolade for several years and was also awarded a Michelin Green Star in recognition of its efforts to promote sustainability.

With a menu described as "modern and ambitious",  the restaurant sourced all ingredients locally and had a "zero waste, nose-to-tail and leaf-to-root ethos".

Meanwhile, Pilgrims restaurant in Rosscarbery is to shut its doors on April 2 as the owners say "it’s now time to make life sustainable for us rearing a small family".

Owners chef Mark Jennings and Sadie Pearce opened their village restaurant eight years ago on South Square in Rosscarbery, keeping the name Pilgrims over the door of the landlord-owned building which has also been a café, a bookshop and a guest house in the past.

Chef Mark Jennings featured on RTÉs Beyond the Menu series in 2019 with presenter Mark Moriarty, cooking a meal on the pier at Mill Cove.