Tuesday 23 January 2018

Iconic Thornton’s restaurant to close its doors following loss of Michelin Star

Chef Kevin Thornton in Thornton's restaurant Credit: Damien Eagers
Chef Kevin Thornton in Thornton's restaurant Credit: Damien Eagers
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Kevin and Muriel Thornton have decided to close the doors of Thornton's Restaurant after more than twenty five years in business.

The owners of the exclusive eatery found out they lost their Michelin Star via Twitter last September.

The restaurant, located on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green, had been experiencing financial difficulties for a number of years.

Describing what it was like being awarded the Michelin Star, chef Kevin Thornton told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One this morning that “It’s like winning an Oscar. But because we had the Star for 20 years and then we lost it, when it's gone it feels like a void.”

His wife Muriel, also director of the restaurant, said “It was a decision that was taken some months ago now. It was prompted initially by the loss of our Star last September.

“Fortunately our lease was coming to an end in July and my initial reaction was this is an opportunity to do something else.”

Kevin Thornton is one of Ireland's most celebrated chefs. Originally from Cashel in Tipperary, he was the first Irish chef to get a two-star award from Michelin.

The couple said they plan to take a holiday after the restaurant serves its last dishes in October, and they will concentrate on Kevin's cooking masterclasses he teaches in their Rathmines homes.

Fans of the restaurant and chef took to Twitter to express their sadness at the announcement.

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