Staff Exodus at Corrigan Café

Richard Corrigan has experienced a staff exodus at his Park Café in Dublin 4 which opened on November 19th, 2022.

The restaurant director, two floor managers, six waiters, two barmen, one sous chef and six kitchen porters have left, and the general manager called time after service on Christmas Eve, The Irish Times reports.

Some former employees claim that most of the discretionary service charge at the restaurant went to managers, the head chef and his team, rather than waiting staff. Fourteen former employees from The Park Café spoke in detail to The Irish Times in person, by email and on WhatsApp about what they described as an unfair distribution of the service charge and an unacceptable working environment.

Staff reported that they worked longer hours than they were paid for, and that being shouted at was the norm. Former staff spoken to have been working in the industry for many years in many cases.

The Park Café is the fifth establishment in 58-year-old Corrigan’s hospitality group. The Corrigan Collection includes Corrigan’s of Mayfair, Bentley’s and Daffodil Mulligan’s in London, and Virginia Park Lodge in Co Cavan.

He has been in the kitchen in Dublin since The Park Café opened, intending to remain hands-on until chefs there are fully trained. His eldest son Richard Corrigan Jr, known as "Richie", is managing director of the hospitality group.