DunLaoghaireTown.ie spoke to Grace McAleese and Katie Markham from the Wright Group about the newly opened People’s Park Café, read more below”
“Please join us in welcoming a new business to our town. The brand new People’s Park Café has just been opened and we wish them the best of luck. We were delighted to talk with their team – Grace McAleese and Katie Markham – to learn more and bring to life the story of their new business in Dun Laoghaire.
Grace told us that Michael Wright, the CEO of The Wright Group, started working with his dad in the fishing industry in his teens. He learned how to pick and use fresh fish from local suppliers and serve it to their customers, as a result using the best, fresh local suppliers is at the heart of their whole business. In his early twenties Michael went to New York and worked in the hospitality sector where he gained international experience before he came back home. Around that time he opened a bar in a vacant part of the Howth Dart station. From then on Michael opened several bars and restaurants across the country. The Wright Group also operates the Marqette Food Hall & Bar in the Dublin Airport which has won numerous prestigious awards over the years for food and beverages.
Michael is motivated by creating unique experiences for their customers, being creative and working with great talent across the Wright group. Teamwork is key and everyone brings their personality and a unique skillset to the Wright group.
The Wright Group adopts a family kind of group approach to its work. Everyone’s treated equally and with respect, and they believe that then transfers onto the high level of service that the customers experience. Michael and his team really love getting creative in new spaces, especially in such a beautiful building like People’s Park Café. Michael’s motto from the start of business has been “Dream it, believe it, achieve it.” and that’s worked for the group every time and he thinks that’s what they will bring to their new location in The People’s Park now!
Katie Markham, Manager at People’s Park Café
Why Visit People’s Park Café During Coastival
People’s Park Café is housed in the refurbished old tea rooms which is a beautiful looking building. Along with that, it’s located in stunning surroundings. The park is very well maintained and gorgeous full of super borders and flowers, a real credit to the parks team from the County Council. It’s just a stone throwaway from the Dart station, the yacht clubs and multiple bus routes. So the location is really accessible to everybody. Oh and their coffee is roasted just down the road in Dun Laoghaire so there’s no carbon foot-print involved in transport which they’re really proud of.
All the food in People’s Park Café will be freshly prepared each day using local suppliers where possible. Because Coastival is going to be a busy event People’s Park Café have prepared many “grab and go” options. If people want to sit down and relax they can do that to on their café beautiful patio overlooking the park. For grab and go options People’s Park Café offers salads, sandwiches, juices, smoothies, coffees, and then if you’re sitting in, they have something a little bit extra. People’s Park Café offers smoked salmon and many other plates. They serve burgers, vegetarian and vegan dishes as well as handcrafted toasties, fresh pastries, scones. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages like wine and beer will be available to diners. They have something for everybody.
The People’s Park Café team encourages people to come for a walk around our beautiful park where they can sip on their coffee while enjoying a bite to eat if they want to go.
Also, in the future the café will be hosting private evening events for corporate and celebratory get togethers. People will be able to rent out People’s Park Café as a unique and stunning destination for special occasions and events.”
Here’s where you can find People’s Park Café:
The Peoples Park, Park Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin, A96 CF74
Original Article posted by Dun Laoghaire Town