Nano Nagle centre does fruitful deal with Kiwi

A Kiwi from the Cook Islands, and a local award-wining food entrepreneur, are to head up the new restaurant/cafe in the €10m Nano Nagle centre, in the historic heart of Cork city.

Maori Kristin Makirere and Clare Condon, who are to open their Good Day Deli food adventure, at Nano Nagle Place. Pic: Jim Coughlan.

Moving from running pop-ups to a permanent base, in a 21st century architecturally-designed 30 seat restaurant amid 18th century convent, heritage school buildings and new School of Architecture on a 3.5 acre city oasis setting are Clare Condon and New Zealander Makirere. Their sustainably-sourced, food ethos-grounded Good Day Deli is set to have a soft opening from December 14, to coincide with new Nano Nagle Place’s Christmas programme.

Good Day Deli had a pop-up menu at the crisp, kiosk-like 30-seat cafe as an ‘appetizer’ as part of last month’s Cork Jazz Festival and is just concluding lease details with the rejuvenated and re-purposed Nano Nagle centre which opened in mid-summer. It’s also where the joint UCC/CIT School of Architecture is due to be sited from next year, at the Western Apex, in a further €10m building investment, to be leased to the school over a 10 year period.

The cafe, set deep within the site in tranquil gardens and not publicly visible from the street, was put to the market during the late summer with agent Amanda Isherwood of Lisney Cork, at a quoted rent of €18,000. Condon and Makirere competed with a range of other established cafe and restaurant operators in the city and suburbs for the lease, it’s understood.

Shane Clarke, CEO Nano Nagle Place, said: “after a rigorous tendering process we are delighted to confirm that Good Day Deli will run our stunning garden cafe. Their commitment to sustainability perfectly complements the ethos at Nano Nagle Place; their menu is delicious and nutritious; and the personal warmth and drive of Clare and Kristin make them perfect partners for Nano Nagle Place. We look forward to growing together into a very exciting future.”

The complex currently houses an interactive heritage project centred on the life of Nano Nagle and Cork’s 18th and 19th century evolution, short-term rental accommodation, performance, art and education meeting spaces with a broad social ethos, verdant and contemplative gardens, cemetery, the tomb of founder of the worldwide Presentation Order Nano Nagle, and an evocative water feature by glass artist Eoin Turner.

The Good Day Deli owners who returned to Cork in 2015 after years in New Zealand, between them have 18 years experience in food and hospitality in two hemispheres, and pledge a commitment to sustainability throughout the food chain with a commitment to animal welfare, serving local, seasonal, organic and fair trade foods.

They have spent two years refining plans for Good Day Deli, and last year were runners up for best business idea in Cork City in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.

“From the moment we set foot in Nano Nagle Place, we felt a strong sense of place and purpose and great potential for meaningful collaboration. Together we can provide a retreat to escape from daily stresses, where people can learn while enjoying Cork’s natural landscape, heritage and culture. Good Day Deli will be an uplifting and welcoming escape to share experiences, where people belong, connect, feel good and are nourished with good food,” they enthuse.

Opening hours initially will be 10am to 5pm, doing coffees, teas and pastries initially after the December 14 soft opening, moving to breakfasts, brunch and lunches from January, with and there are plans for social impact projects, work placements, workshops and yoga on site, as well as showcasing local food, art and craft.

Details: Lisney 021-4275079

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