Dive into the features you want to see

Abortion alcohol alcohol free america Art artist spotlight awards beer Belfast best best looking Best New Music booze Brexit British Cannabis cbd Cheese chocolate Christmas climate change closure Coffee collaboration College Green Comedy cooking counter culture counterculture Cover Story Covid Culture DC Films Derelict Ireland Direct Provision Drink drug Drugs Dublin Dublin City Council Dublin International Film Festival easter Entertainment Environment equality Fashion feature feminism Festival Film First Listen Food gaeilge Gaming General News gift gifts Gigs Graphic Design guinness harm reduction Harry Styles healthcare Heaters Heatwave heist Hennessy Homelessness Housing HSE ice cream Identity instagram Interview introduction to ireland Irish Irish coffee Irish News irishmade justice Justice League Kanye West launch Leonardo DiCaprio LGBTQ+ List Lists Literature Living Hell Lockdown Index Made by District Made in Ireland magdalene laundries meme Mental Health menu merch metoo Michelin mural Music narolane new menu New Music News nightclub nom non-binary nphet One of everything Opener Openers opening openings Opinion Pairing pancakes Photography Pints Podcasts Politics pop up pop ups potatoes Premiere presents Pride queer Ray Fisher reservations Restaurants restrictions rugby Science Shebeen Shite Talk shitetalk signature dish Skateboarding small batch Social Media soup Space Subset sustainability tacos Taxis Technology Television The Big Grill theatre Thumbstopper tiktok To Be Irish Top 10 Tracks Top Ten Tracks Traffic Trans rights Transport Travellers trends TV Ukraine Ultimate Food Guide vegan Visual Art vodka Weed where to eat whiskey wine Women's rights Workman's youtube
Food / March 15, 2021

Gravediggers and other Dublin businesses launch the #NotDisposable campaign

gravediggers Glasnevin
Food / March 15, 2021

Gravediggers and other Dublin businesses launch the #NotDisposable campaign

By Emily Mullen

Restaurants and pubs have taken to social media to highlight the impact the pandemic has had on their businesses since March 2020.

Bars and restaurants have undoubtedly borne the brunt of the lockdowns. Sure businesses have diversified, creating fantastic takeaway options and at-home kits, but they are a stop-gap. At their core businesses want to completely reopen, want their customers back in the building, they want to see the faces of regulars without their masks on, to feel the buzz and hear the sound of the place brimming with happy well-fed (and well-oiled) people. This of course is impossible at the moment. But by creating the #NotDisposable campaign businesses have cast a light on how they have struggled throughout the year. They’ve taken to social media to share images of their premises before the pandemic, endless images of happy people packed into beloved establishments show up when you search for #NotDisposable on Instagram. Alongside them a couple of words from representatives of the businesses about the situation they are in and what they are looking for from the country’s political leaders.

While assuring their followers that they will continue to follow guidelines the The Black Door appealed to the government for some roadmaps on reopening. “The uncertainty for our industry remains as real today as it did on the 15th March last year,” representatives of the bar wrote. “The hospitality industry is at the heart of Irish culture, bringing together communities and always delivering the céad míle filte we are world famous for! Behind this lies countless professionals currently with no clear path on when they may expect to return to work. We are #NotDisposable”, they added.

“Today marks a year since nightclubs and bars closed in Ireland. Most have remained closed and others have barely traded,” wrote Lemon & Duke, who encouraged customers to share their favorite memories of the bar with them using the hashtag.

Sharing a short video of empty chairs, tables, and their pub lying quietly from “chatter” Gravediggers in Glasnevin wrote, “Did we all think we’d still be closed?… we need to survive this”.

Thinking about the past year has made the team at Lucky’s “laugh” “cry (mostly cry)” but they remain positive for the future in their post, “There will be an end point and we are certain people will flock back to the pubs they love, but there is a long road and a lot of uncertainty between here and there.”

The Licensed vintners association has championed the movement, encouraging other businesses to “Let’s keep this going. Let’s remind everyone why we’re #NotDisposable,” they wrote.

Countless other businesses have taken to social media to share their support for this movement including The Boars Head, The Well, Tolka House, Davy Byrnes, O’Donoghue’s, Darkey Kellys, and many more.