Limerick restaurant Canteen to Soar with coffee morning

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Limerick restaurant Canteen to Soar with coffee morning
POPULAR city eaterie Canteen is to host a charity coffee morning in aid of youth charity Soar next week.

POPULAR city eaterie Canteen is to host a charity coffee morning in aid of youth charity Soar next week.

The Mallow Street restaurant, which opened in July of last year, will host the coffee morning next Monday between 9.30am and 12pm in aid of the independent national youth outreach movement.

The charity works with young people - aged 10-18 years of age - to help instill confidence and grow self-esteem through regular workshops, and was founded by Clare hurling legend, activist and author Tony Griffin.

Tony will attend the coffee morning in Canteen and talk about what inspired him to set up the organisation, which aims to bring about positive change to young people in Ireland.

Paul Williams, owner of Canteen and the former Fat Duck chef who worked with the famous British chef Heston Blumenthal, said that Soar was a “very worthy charity”.

“We at Canteen are more than happy to invite people to our coffee morning in the hope of promoting the good work they do and making a contribution to their efforts,” explained Paul, who is originally from Tipperary, but has been living in Limerick for nearly seven years.

“Tony was inspired to set up Soar after seeing the documentary Every Heart Beats True: The Jim Stynes Story and I wanted to support Soar for the same reason, having seen the documentary, I was interested in the work Jim Stynes had done with young people and wanted to get involved,” he explained.

There will be free Badger & Dodo coffee with fresh brownies and chocolate chip cookies for those willing to donate to the Soar fund and all donations will go directly to the national charity.

The pop-up eaterie at No 30 Mallow Street has become popular for recession-busting eats including wraps, salads, cous-cous and curries, with midweek Mexican themed offerings and breakfast at the weekend.

Paul, who initially went to college to study engineering, took a culinary arts degree in Dublin Institute of Technology and based his idea for Canteen upon a similar chain of healthy fast-food restaurants in London.

For more see www.soar.ie. or www.wearecanteen.com.