Cork city centre wine bar to reopen after devastating fire 

Cork city centre wine bar to reopen after devastating fire 
Repair works are well under way at L'Atitude 51, Union Quay, which was severely damaged by a fire on Patrick's Day last year.

Located on the corner of Union Quay, the unique wine bar was ravaged by a fire that broke out on Patrick's Day last year. 

With repair work well underway, it seems likely that a re-opening could be right around the corner after what has been a challenging year for owner Beverley Matthews and her team.

"We're hoping for an opening in March, which will mark a full year since the fire.

"People have suggested to me to hold the opening night on March 17, which I suppose would be quite poetic, but with how busy that day typically is, I don't think it would be fair to staff.

"I'm aiming to open shortly after that and it will be one big party - in fact, I'm envisaging it will be a whole month of parties!" Beverly told The Echo.

Before the fire.
Before the fire.

Extensive repair work is currently being undertaken in a bid to restore L'Atitude to its former glory.

The roof is being replaced, the top floor had to be entirely gutted and the downstairs bar had to be tackled after it was badly water damaged. 

Despite being presented with a major curveball last year, Beverly has kept the spirit of L'Atitude alive by collaborating with fellow Cork businesses to create exciting pop-up events.

Most notably, these include Ali's Kitchen and St Peter's on North Main Street, to whom Beverly is extremely grateful. 

"[Chef] Ali Honour has been an incredible support to me. 

"We both have different strengths so it's great to come together.

Repair works are well under way at L'Atitude 51, Union Quay, which was severely damaged by a fire on Patrick's Day last year.
Repair works are well under way at L'Atitude 51, Union Quay, which was severely damaged by a fire on Patrick's Day last year.

"At Christmas, we had the idea to create the kind of wine bar which you might find in London or Paris and Ali did an incredible job with the food aspect of it," Beverly said.

"It's lovely to see some fomer faces and hopefully future customers at these events," she continued.

Likewise, St Peter's have hosted a number of pop-ups in conjunction with L'Atitude.

On Valentine's Day this year, the two are set to join forces for a 'Speed Tasting' event, which Beverly runs annually. 

Additionally, there have been countless other "unsung heroes" to whom Beverly is so thankful for.

"Without them, I couldn't have done it," she said. 

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