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Glucksman seeking culinary talent to take over award-winning €30,000-a-year UCC Gallery cafe


A CHANCE to enter the ground floor of a building crowned with architectural awards – the Glucksman Gallery – has presented itself, in the riverside gardens of University College Cork.

Auctioneer Amanda Isherwood of Lisney is looking for a new tenant for the Glucksman Gallery cafe/restaurant unit on UCC’s leafy lower grounds beside the South Channel of the River Lee .

Eat your words? 2017 UCC Writer-in-Residence Cónal Creedon with his dog Judy in the cafe at Glucksman Gallery. Photo: Clare Keogh

The cafe closed during the Covid-19 crisis, and the previous operator is not reopening, hence the possibility of taking over the well-established entity in a building classified as “must see” and “must visit” by a range of guides.

The Glucksman Gallery opened in 2004/2005, designed by Irish duo O’Donnell + Tuomey, which won the Royal Gold Medal in 2015, and it has won RIAI and RIBA awards and been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize among his many nominations.

The Glucksman is also listed internationally as one of the 1001 buildings you must see before you die: now could it be the one to visit before dinner?

The purpose-built lower ground floor cafe is 2,215 square feet and seats 70 people indoors, with a partially covered outdoor terraced seating area also near the gardens: the gallery was built on a former tennis court, a relic of easier leisure days on the UCC campus. The opening of the cafés should coincide with the opening days and hours of the gallery (Tuesday to Sunday).

The cafe has extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing and the basement has a fitted commercial kitchen, dry goods store and other facilities, serviced by a passenger lift and freight elevator.

“We are quoting €30,000 per year and expect good interest as there is a real opportunity for quality food provision in such a unique building on the UCC campus,” says Ms Isherwood from Lisney, who has previously rented Good Days Deli at Nano. Nagle Place by MTU and the UCC School of Architecture in the Nano Nagle Place complex, another Cork city center you must visit.

BirdsCatchy picture from Dennis Horgan's book
BirdsCatchy image from Dennis Horgan’s book “Cork from the Air”

Early interest is already coming from existing restaurant and cafe operators in Cork City, given the prestige and profile of the building and the location of the UCC campus, it was noted.

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