• Cyril McAree

Dublin’s Firm Favourite Spreads It's Wings To Rathmines - Opening this Thursday!

About Elephant & Castle 1973 - New York

Having escaped to London from war torn Germany as a young boy, George Schwartz passed a certain tube station with a fairytale name on his way to medical college each day, and fell in love with the name. Having trained as a doctor and shortly after relocating to New York City, George endured decades of disappointing lunch breaks while working in the hospital.

When he retired, George decided to open up a place that he would like to eat in every single day, and went about setting up his own restaurant with a special name! Elephant & Castle Greenwich Avenue opened in Lower Manhattan in 1973, across from St. Vincent’s Hospital where George had worked since the 1950s. George’s passion and obsession for quality was infectious and Elephant & Castle became a New York classic within a few short years.

1989 - Wings Take Flight In Dublin

A random, but inspirational event. When one of George’s most trusted chefs, Liz Mee, came home to Ireland on a visit in 1988.

Having worked in Elephant & Castle New York for nearly a decade, Liz was the perfect candidate to expand the restaurant, and George decided to follow her to Dublin and find a location and premises as similar as possible to Prince Street. Late 80s desolate Temple Bar was his decision. Backstreets, empty pubs, no traffic. Perfect!

Doors opened in January 1989 and by summer of that year the queues had already started for the fantastic food and spectacular atmosphere!

2018 - Wings Get Another Roost In Dublin

Finally, there is a new exciting chapter in the Elephant & Castle story. We are on the move, up and out beyond our original hood of Temple Bar, and into some new ones. This Christmas sees the opening of the second Elephant & Castle, located on the corner of Rathmines Road and Castlewood Avenue. The signature white facade from Temple Bar has been replicated, bringing new life to this previously quiet corner of Rathmines village.

The menu will feature the same great dishes that make Elephant & Castle a firm favourite, from the fluffy omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, caesar salads and juicy burgers, to, of course, those crispy spicy wings. We’re focusing on friendly laid back service, tasty as ever food and a relaxed atmosphere, everything Elephant & Castle lovers have come to expect from a visit to our place. The 110 seater restaurant is spacious and bright, with large windows looking out onto buzzing Rathmines, comfy booths, and oak clad walls with black and white images from Elephant & Castles’ native New York City decking the walls.

Early 2019 will see a further expansion even further afield, when Elephant & Castle will march its way into Monkstown Village.

So to all the customers who may have missed us so many times over so all those years because of the endless queues for our small restaurant, we just want to say one thing.

Watch out - you won’t miss us again!

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