Bench business is booming

A new business called Atlantic benches has launched in the hopes of supplying picnic benches to the hospitality sector as they prepare to welcome outdoor diners in June.

Gerard Davis wanted to share his love of bench making with his local community in Clifden and created the brand Atlantic Benches along the Wild Atlantic Way.

“We’re currently making all sizes of picnic benches ranging from 5ft to 7ft. The benches are sturdy, durable and are meant to last. I’ve also made seated benches and just started making kids benches,” he said.

The Sweet Nothing Café in Ballyconneely has started preparations to welcome outdoor diners. Owners Justyna Janusiewicz & Stephen Ward said: “We recently bought some extra benches and we’re planning to paint fun colours on them before the summer season.”

The picnic benches have become popular in his local community in Cliften. “I cannot believe the support I’ve been getting from the local community, friends, family and beyond. I’m so grateful. Supporting local businesses is vital for the survival of a small business,” Davis said.

Outdoor dining for restaurants and bars is set to open from June 7th with a max of six people per table. Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has said: “We need to be ambitious but also cautious. We will see how May goes.”

For more information, you can follow Atlantic Benches on Instagram or Facebook for the latest products and competitions.

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