Famous Cork bakery reopens as a restaurant 

Famous Cork bakery reopens as a restaurant 
The Glass Curtain restaurant is located in MacCurtain Street’s former Thompsons bakery.

MacCurtain Street's iconic Thompsons Bakery will tomorrow evening reopen as a vibrant new restaurant. 

Glass Curtain, a new venture by chef Brian Murray plans to bring even more flavour to Cork’s vibrant Victorian quarter.

The old Thompsons Bakery was a stalwart culinary institution established in 1826 and in its heyday produced a mile of its trademark swissroll every day (in the building’s dedicated swissroll factory) for the people of Munster.

With Murray at the helm, the site has been redeveloped into a 36 seater restaurant, which will utilise fresh, local ingredients. 

Brian, who now lives in Carrigtwohill spent 11 years abroad refining his skills as a chef, spending a period of time in Dubai before working as a private chef on luxury yachts. 

Brian Murray, chef/owner of the Glass Curtain restaurant in MacCurtain Street’s former Thompsons bakery.
Brian Murray, chef/owner of the Glass Curtain restaurant in MacCurtain Street’s former Thompsons bakery.

Returning to Cork last January, Brian told The Echo that it has always been his ambition to open his own establishment.

"I'm delighted to be officially opening Glass Curtain which has been a long time in the works.

"I have always loved MacCurtain Street, so I'm delighted to have secured the premises there.

"The street is so vibrant and I've adored it since a young age, spending loads of time in Crowleys Music Shop as a teenager," he said. 

The space has been designed in line with Brian’s vision to create a comfortable restaurant where guests can feel right at home. 

It includes an open kitchen where guests can see the chefs in action and an intimate cocktail bar where diners can relax with a drink before dining.

Glass Curtain held a special opening last week, where one original factory worker from Thomsons Bakery attended a complimentary dinner with her family. 

"When we were renovating the building we found an old photo of the bakery from 1953.

"We found one lady and invited her to dinner at Glass Curtain, which was lovely," Brian explained. 

The iconic photograph has now been enlarged and is a prominent feature in the new restaurant. 

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