Dundalk’s new businesses set out to defy the doom and gloom

MIchael  Walsh outside his new premises

It’s not all doom and gloom in the local economy as several business have just been open in the Dundalk town centre in recent weeks.

A nightclub, holistic centre, bingo hall, cafes, bars, restaurants and exchange shops are just a few of the business that have opened over the summer months.

And it looks like more new businesses are on the way. Domiskin man Keith Finnegan will open California Burrito on Park Street in September.

Keith found his love of the Mexican dishes such as burritos, quesadillas and carne during his college years in California.

“In college I loved burritos,” said Keith, “It was part of the student diet in California.

“I always wanted to open something like this in Dundalk and I think now is the time.

“This entire project has been sourced within Louth. The wood for the furniture, the contractors and signage is all locally sourced. I make a conscience decision to keep everything local.

“We will have competitions to eat the hottest foods and be placed on the Wall of Shame or the Wall of Fame. We can’t wait to open.”

For those that want some relaxation, Triumph McGinn and Gillian Rafferty has opened Soulistic Health Centre in Roden Place.

“We believe that these therapies such as massages, reiki, and Indian head massages shouldn’t be a luxury,” said Triumph.

“Everybody should be able to avail of these, no matter what their budget.

“We will accommodate all budgets and have discounts for social welfare recipients. We offer a range of therapies and with a lot of people under stress, we will make them relaxed and energised.”

Bridge Street has also been given a new lease of life, with two cafes opening in the north end of the town.

Cafe Atina on Bridge Street (previously the Home Bakery) has been established by Caroline Johnston, who also headed the Indoor Market Cafe.

The family run cafe has been opened for just four weeks and the cafe has been welcomed by the local community.

“The locals have been coming in with small items for us to place around the cafe,” said Caroline who is a sponsor of The Lions Club,

“They have been very welcoming. There is something here to suit everybody.”

Michael Loughran of The Waverley Cafe says he purchased the premises before the boom.

“I had purchased the unit before the big boom,” said Michael, “It has been sitting ideal for a number of years, so I decided to make use of it.

“It’s given a boost to the Bridge Street area and we look forward to serving all out customers.”

Let’s Bingo, formally the bowling alley, has also experienced a good response having opened last week.The 500 seated hall offers a very entertaining night out and a chance to win some great jackpot prizes.