But the owner of Cork Rooftop Farm is hoping that work will finally begin on a new rooftop restaurant off Cornmarket Street in 2024.

The booming urban farm business, owned by Brian McCarthy, finished out the year on a high, opening a brand new stall in The English Market. All produce is grown on a rooftop above the city on Cork’s Coal Quay and in a market garden in Laharn, near Macroom.

Behind the scenes however, the business owner says he has been battling dated legislation that is holding back plans to build an extension on their rooftop to house a unique restaurant as part of plans devised by award-winning retail and hospitality architects 21 Spaces, who designed The Mont and The Alex hotels in Dublin as well as Glandore’s trendy co-working spaces on Lapp’s Quay.

“Seven months since we received planning permission to build an extension on the rooftop in order to open the space to the public and put in a restaurant and we still don’t have approval for a Fire Cert or a Disability Access Cert, BUT we’re nearly there,” McCarthy said in an Instagram post.

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