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New promising restaurant Ruby Sundays set for success

Nan Pattamang and Ciarán O’Brien, Ruby Sundays. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.

A promising new Breakfast and Brunch restaurant, Ruby Sundays have warmly opened their doors to the people of Limerick.

Ruby Sundays, which is located beside Julie Kilmartin’s school on 84 O’Connell Street, caters for all tastes from delicious vegan dishes to the classic fish and chips.

Ruby Sundays are open at 8:30am, six days a week from Monday to Saturday with the closing time of 6pm.

“I went with a concept, it was health and happiness. What I wanted to do was, there’s a lot of health places around and there’s a lot of fatty food places but there’s nowhere that’s kind of in-between. You can’t go in and order a vegan meal and at the same time order a fish and chip in the same restaurant, but I can do that.” explains Founder, Ciaran O’ Brien.

The mixture of the different tastes in food is sure to attract all walks of life and with Ruby meaning the ‘stone of luck’ they are bound to go far in the industry.

“We do a trio of high protein grain Quinoa with cumin sauce and garlic mayo on the side done with baby vegetables. I expected that to be one or two a week and what I’m selling is four or five in a day. Limerick tastes have changed, I thought I’d be selling ham and cheese toasties, far from it.” continues Ciaran.

Ciaran continued to say how he regularly gives out free samples of foods in the restaurant and what the customer likes will be added to the menu, this will essentially allow the customer to create the menu to a certain extent.

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Cian O’Donnell, ilovelimerick, orders a delicious cup of Nespresso Americano from Ciarán O’Brien, Ruby Sunday’s. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.

The décor of the restaurant is unlike no other, the originality of the well-ripened Limerick building is firmly kept with a modern twist gracefully intertwined.

“I wanted to tie into the origin of the building. Most of these buildings are 150 years old. I wanted to tie back into the whole Georgian motif but put my own modern touch on it. I highlighted the old timber work and the high ceilings. After that then it will have a more modern touch. Small quotes around the place, John Carmody, I want them to be local poets.” explains Ciaran.

As for the future, Ciaran says “there’s space down below, if ever I want to go into late evenings I want to use the tunnels underneath. What I’d like to do is maybe tie in with local poetry societies and that. I want to go into the arts side of it because I’m in that area with the Lime Tree Theatre around the corner.”

“Home made and local as much as possible. Everything in here that we put out, as much as possible is made by ourselves. Our Caesar salad sauce is made by us. Ballymaloe is the only sauce we buy.” Concludes Ciaran.

As I leave the bustling and vibrant city centre restaurant, a quote delicately etched on the wall sums up all there is that is needed to know.

THERE IS NO LOVE SINCERER, THAN THE LOVE OF FOOD, G.B. SHAW

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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