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26 catherine st, limerick. CALL. (085) 215 3212

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simple things done well!

‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ a quote attributed to several people (Laurie Anderson, Steve Martin, Frank Zappa, Martin Mull, Elvis Costello, Thelonius Monk) and it came to mind when Elaine asked me to write the ‘about’ text for the website. A cafe is about eating the food and experiencing the atmosphere. Getting your ten minutes of ‘me’ time; drinking that perfect flat white, or meeting a good friend who you just don’t get to meet as much as you’d like. You have your favourite seat, your must have; wrap, lunchbox or salad every time you come in. What ‘Canteen’ is to others is not for me to say.

For me it’s a place of work firstly, where targets need to be set and met, where  bills and wages have to be paid weekly. Secondly it fulfills a dream I always had of owning my own business. Thirdly it’s a chance to change people’s perceptions that food can be fast, simple local and good. You should feel healthier when you finish your meal than went you started. With the Irish fondness for self-deprecation it’s hard for me to say how great or bad we really are, plus nobody reads ‘about’ section anyhow… So here is what others have said about us…

John McKenna / Tom Doorley/Pól Ó Conghaile

  • breakfast bagel

  • french toast

  • aztecs porridge

  • porridge with super seeds & raspberries

  • green eggs and ham

  • amazing organic meatballs

  • pulled pork wrap

  • superfood burren smoked mackerel, pea & walnut

  • super slaw

  • smokey chilli chicken wrap

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The Team

nice, friendly and mostly happy!

  • paul
    • Likes: swimming in the sea, lists & running
    • Dislikes: TV, slice pans & melted butter on toast
    • Favorite Albums: Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
    • Favorite Films: Whale Rider
    • OCD About: good food, being on time, wearing odd socks
    • Likes: Fixing things, roller derby and dogs & cats
    • Dislikes: Aubergines, football
    • Favorite Albums: 1 Giant Leap
    • Favorite Films: Bucket List
    • OCD About: Tidiness, order… basically everything
    • Likes: Live music, beards & tattoos
    • Dislikes: Sport, nightclubs & coconut
    • Favorite Albums: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do
    • Favorite Films: Into the Wild
    • OCD About: Music collection, bad spell’in
  • badger and dodo

  • white

  • super seed muffin

  • coffee

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bits & pieces

  • everything changes
    everything changes  you’re always fighting something; staff costs, food costs, supplies, delivery time, broken toilet, broken door, leaky tap, unopened email, broken window, break-ins. i rarely get time to fight


    why we are taking a break from evenings
    money obviously; we are in business so as to not go out of business we were busy some nights and not others. this was not the problem. it is the


    we have some bank lending, but they didn’t support us as much as we would have liked, family have helped a lot and we are putting everything we have into this bigger better space, we are about 80 to 90% there with funding, we just need a little more help.
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    It’s the hardest meeting there is to have (Feb 9, 2014) Just you staring back at yourself in the mirror There’s no one else to blame, there’s no one else to


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