What was Lydon House Bakery on Shop Street and became Lynch’s Café for the last 20 years, has made way for a new eatery run by a young city businesswoman.
Lynch’s closed its doors on May 2 and re-opened as 56 Central last week, under the ownership of Gill Carroll, who also owns the successful 37 West in Newcastle.
She has extensive experience in the hospitality sector. She ran a bar in Edinburgh for some time and later decided to bring her business savvy back to Galway.
“Lynch’s Cafe was a fantastic part of Galway life for so many and I had the pleasure of working there for over two years. I knew then I always wanted to return and put my stamp on this restaurant,” explained Ms Carroll.
“I worked there when I was 16, and I’m 35 now so that’s 20 years ago this summer. My father owns Zhivago, so in a way I’ve always been on Shop Street.”
Her other business 37 West is a part of wave of healthy food eateries in the city, and was listed on the McKenna guide recently.
She also sits on the board of the Galway City Business Association as well as the Galway Chamber of Commerce. She has been an ardent supporter of local charity initiatives too.
Ms Carroll is clearly vested in the local economy and its continued growth.
“37 West is open two years now and is firmly fixed on peoples’ radar, for bringing healthy and sexy food to the table and will continue to do so.”
Gill has attended boot camps, completed the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle race twice and ran her first half-marathon recently. All these successes have been fuelled by an energising Paleo diet.
“I knew I needed to be the healthiest version of myself and wanted to enjoy, eat, taste real foods that were filling and good for me. The healthy lifestyle has helped me to bring the best side of me to the table at 37 West and in business.
“56 Central is going to be a very different experience and will be about the heartfelt experience with food, people, art and culture and where better to do this than in the heart of Galway.
“There will be certain elements of 37 West in the 56 Central menu, we’ve worked hard on that and as they say, you don’t fix what’s not broken. We have a bigger space and a bigger kitchen so we can offer a bit more choice, with a few new dishes and a few new spins on them.
“It will be a space to reconnect. We’ve looked at the connection between people, food, art, nature and culture. [We’re bringing ] a simple and honest approach, sourcing local produce where possible, and even how we’re designing the building.”
Finbar 247, a local artist and Dan Gardner worked together with Gill to create a kitsch, casual, arty experience using a lot of recycled decor to give it a very different feel.
On top of the new venture, there was good news for staff employed under Lynch’s. All staff were retained and there will even be more job opportunities within the restaurant over the coming months.
Gardaí bid to identify body recovered near Mutton Island
Gardai have launched an investigation following the discovery of a body in Galway Bay yesterday afternoon.
A member of the public raised the alarm after spotting the body in the water while walking on the causeway to Mutton Island.
Galway Fire Service, Gardai and the RNLI attended the scene and recovered the body at around 4pm, before it was taken to University Hospital Galway for a post mortem.
It is understood that the body may have been in the water for some time.
Gardaí are currently examining a list of missing people in the city.
Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash
A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.
At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.
The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.
Land Development Agency rules out Merlin ‘land grab’
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Campaigners have warned the Land Development Agency (LDA) to keep its hands off Merlin Woods.
Local community group Friends of Merlin Woods said that the amenity on the east side of the city is not suitable for residential development.
It has sought clarification on whether the LDA has earmarked part of the recreational and amenity lands for housing, after it appeared on its online database of publicly-owned lands.
In a statement to the Galway City Tribune, the LDA said its database compiles a list of all State lands, not just land for development.
In relation to Merlin Woods, the LDA said: “Those lands aren’t included in the LDA developments in Galway. The lands database is a map-based tool which compiles all State lands and has no reflection on development potential.”
It came after Caroline Stanley of Friends of Merlin Woods raised concern that land within Merlin Woods had been earmarked for development.
“I’d be concerned that it’s marked as residential when it’s in RA (Recreational and Amenity) land. Some is marked ‘open space’ but some is marked as ‘new proposed residential’ on its [LDA’s] database. It makes us wonder why. We’d like clarity and to clear it up.
“The message we’d like to get out there is we need clarification, whether it’s a mistake on the Land Development Agency’s part, or whether it is an area that they consider as a residential area, which the community would be opposed to. We need clarity. It could be something that is in line for development later on, we don’t know, and we need clarity.”
Councillor Owen Hanley explained that the fears around Merlin Woods stem from legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas that would strip councillors of powers to veto the transfer of land to the LDA for housing projects.
The Bill would also allow Government to direct what public lands – including those owned by local authorities – can be transferred to the LDA for development of social and affordable housing.
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