30 years of growth and wholefoods (1986 – 2016)
Cornucopia Wholefood and Vegetarian Restaurant was originally established on Dublin’s lively Wicklow Street in the ground floor and basement of no 19 by Neil McCafferty (1952-1993) and Deirdre McCafferty, who together with her daughter Dairíne, is still the proprietor of the restaurant.
We opened in January 1986 and we celebrated our 30th birthday this year!
For the first seven years we were a busy wholefood shop combined with a popular small cafe.
In 1988 we received the Walker’s award for Ireland’s Best Vegetarian Restaurant.
In 1993 we became a 48 seat self service restaurant and our wholefood shop – Harvest Wholefoods – moved around the corner where it traded successfully for a number of years.
For the next fifteen years we continued to produce delicious vegetarian food on a daily basis, and achieved great popularity with locals and tourists alike. We received many positive reviews and we have been included in the Bridgestone Guides 100 Best Irish Restaurants continuously since 1986.
In 2008 and we published our award winning cookbook Cornucopia At Home.
In 2009 our cookbook won the inaugural award for Food Book of the Year at the Listowel Food Writers week.
In 2009 we extended the restaurant from no 19 into and including the beautiful Georgian building next door at no 20 Wicklow Street. We then had 88 seats in spacious artistically decorated surroundings.
In 2011 we won the accolade of the Dublin Living Awards Restaurant Of The Year as voted by the people of Dublin.
In 2012 we opened an additional seating area in our beautiful first floor Georgian dining room expanding to 120 seats.
In 2013 we finally extended our kitchen area to include the new basement, improving the baking and food preparation areas.
In 2015 we opened our brand new Ladies and Gents on the 2nd floor, which was the final step in preparation before we could move onto the long awaited New & Improved Counter!!! But not before…
In 2015 we launched our range of four delicious cold pressed juices, supplying local shops with these bottles of health – Raw Energy, Dance Beets, Ginger Vibes and Green Goddess. Ginger Vibes received an award as a finalist in the Blas na hEireann Great Taste Awards.
In 2015 we received the accolade of Highly Commended in the Food and Drinks category of the Small Firms Association Awards.
In 2016 we closed our doors for 8 long days, the longest we have closed in 30 years! We proudly re-opened we had our beautiful new counter in place, improving queuing times and productivity and making the restaurant look beautiful at the same time.
In 2016 we received a silver medal for our cold pressed juice – Dance Beets – at the Blas na hEireann awards.
in 2016 we are celebrating our 30th birthday with an evening of song, tales and great food on October 16th – a time to celebrate indeed!
Now we look to the future and hope to open an additional function room on the second floor for events, parties, talks, healers and therapists….
Strength to strength!