• Cyril McAree

A Big Cheesy Birthday Celebration for Dublin Café Meltdown

A cheese lover’s paradise, Meltdown café is celebrating its second birthday this week. The café was set up by owner Maeve O’Malley in 2018 and what started as a pop up, has since grown to two busy permanent cafes in Dublin City on temple Bar’s Curved Street as well as a new Leeson Street property which opened earlier this year.

Despite these uncertain times for business, O’Malley has adapted and changed her business model to accommodate social distancing and safety restrictions and now operates the Leeson Street café on a take-out/delivery only basis. The new menu offering features a range of Meltdown favourites including its iconic cheese sandwiches like ‘Mac Mama’ a mix of Macaroni and Cheese, Bacon, Scallions and Monterey Jack Cheese (€7.90) and the ‘Rib Melt’ – a BBQ rib pork steak, macaroni & cheese, caramelised onion and mature red cheddar (€8.20). All of the melts are served on artisan, handcrafted sourdough bread.

The Breakfast Sandwich is the star of the show at breakfast time as well as the Gourmet sausage rolls with 3 varieties to choose from including a great vegetarian option. Made with Loughnane’s sausage meat from Galway with pine nuts, maple syrup, herbs or a mix of Loughnane’s sausage and black pudding with mustard and charmelised onions. The vegetarian sausage roll is filled with cheddar cheese (of course!), spring onion and paprika. Barista coffee, soups and specials are also available daily. A close up of a hand holding a sandwich Description automatically generatedA picture containing food, table, sitting, small Description automatically generatedA dining room table Description automatically generated Aside from the new location, and tweaks to the business, Meltdown has a very exciting new addition to its portfolio – Meltdown Hot Stuff. Hot Stuff is a hot and spicy hot sauce made from Irish apple juice, habaneros chilis and a host of other high quality natural Irish ingredients. Speaking about the celebration, Owner Maeve O’Malley said, “The last 2 years have absolutely flown and I feel so grateful to everyone who has supported Meltdown and allowed me to live out this dream of mine, which I am enjoying so much. “The recent restrictions implemented have changed the business substantially, having to close the Temple Bar location temporarily was a tough move but had to be done to ensure the health and well-being of our lovely staff and customers. Most of our business has changed to delivery and I need to have extra staff on to enable increased hygiene and implement social distancing with our customers. We also have plexi glass protecting the staff and are only allowing one customer in the shop at a time. “I am also focusing more on distributing Meltdown Hot Stuff – our new hot sauce to as many outlets and customers as possible – another exciting venture for the business!” Meltdown Leeson street is open from 8am-4pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am – 7pm Thursday and Friday and 10am-7pm on the weekends, Meltdown offers a range of drool-worthy breakfast lunch snack and coffee options throughout the day. Meltdown Hot Stuff is priced at €3.85 and is available from Meltdown and selected stores. Instagram: @meltdowndublin Facebook: @Meltdowndub

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