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Food for thought: How the cost of eating out will rise post-lockdown

With reduced capacity and fixed overheads remaining the same, restaurants will have to make up for losses with increased prices

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New ways: Majken and Jordan Bailey in Aimsir  restaurant at Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge. Photo: Frank McGrath

New ways: Majken and Jordan Bailey in Aimsir restaurant at Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge. Photo: Frank McGrath

New ways: Majken and Jordan Bailey in Aimsir restaurant at Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge. Photo: Frank McGrath

"It's the thing that nobody wants to talk about," says Mickael Viljanen, of The Greenhouse restaurant on Dublin's Dawson Street, which holds two Michelin stars, "the elephant in the room."

He's speaking about the impact that Covid-19 in general and social distancing in particular are going to have on restaurant prices, when they start to re-open at the end of the month.

The Greenhouse won't be back open until later in the summer, and Viljanen doesn't yet know what the precise distancing guidelines are going to be at that time, but he does know that his prices are going to have to go up to take account of them. He's not yet sure by how much, but says an increase in the region of 10-20pc - or more - is likely.