Celebrity chef Richard Corrigan does not expect his London restaurants to be operational again before September.
The Co Meath native shut the doors on his Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill, Corrigan's Mayfair and Daffodil Mulligan sites in London last Friday in response to the coronavirus. The operation employs 140 and in a telephone interview yesterday, Mr Corrigan said: "I am thinking it is a four-month closure, minimum."
He added: "I can't see myself up and running before mid-August, getting ready for September.
"We are in for a very, very rough year - a horrific year."
Reflecting on the closure of his businesses due to Covid-19, Mr Corrigan said: "I am still in a bit of shock over the whole affair. We are in a great place to come out of the other side but when is the other side? Four months? Five months? Six months?"
He concluded: "There is no question we will come out of this. We have a very strong company."