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& in-between

About Café Gusto

Café Gusto was cre­ated at the end of 1999 by Mar­i­anne Delaney and Denis O’Mullane when they took over the famous O’Brien’s Cof­fee Shop at 3, Wash­ing­ton St Cork, a city land­mark that had oper­ated from that site since 1941.

Mar¬≠i¬≠anne ‚ÄĒ the pri¬≠mary cre¬≠ative force in Caf√© Gusto, was born in Cork, stud¬≠ied in the UK, and worked exten¬≠sively in Lon¬≠don, Aus¬≠tralia, and New Zealand before return¬≠ing to Cork in 1998.

From her trav­els came the pas­sion for great cof­fee and food, and she con­cen­trated her efforts in sourc­ing the very best ingre­di­ents, pro­duc­ers, and sup­pli­ers, in par­tic­u­lar those from the Eng­lish Mar­ket just across the road from the café.

Marianne’s per­sonal jour­ney with food has seen her win numer­ous awards for the café, and she serves on the steer­ing com­mit­tee of the Cork Food Pol­icy Coun­cil. The café was one of the early adopters of com­postable pack­ag­ing which is now so pop­u­lar. Mar­i­anne has a great per­sonal inter­est in grow­ing and using her own food, which feeds into the pas­sion for the food served in Café Gusto.

Fol¬≠low¬≠ing on from the suc¬≠cess of the first Caf√©, they decided to open another Caf√© Gusto on Lapp‚Äôs Quay. This new high-‚Äčrise busi¬≠ness on the river proved to be the per¬≠fect loca¬≠tion for the new caf√© with its water¬≠side set¬≠ting and large out¬≠door seat¬≠ing area, with views of the City Hall and the port.

This opened the door to a lot of cor­po­rate busi­ness for Café Gusto: from early morn­ing break­fasts and lux­u­ri­ous cof­fee breaks to laid on lunches for the offices around Cork. Clients include UCC, Mal­ware­bytes, Face­book, and The Law Library.

In 2019, both cafés were restyled and redressed for the new decade with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on out­side cater­ing and deliveries.

Both part­ners also run the pop­u­lar Lib­erty Grill, also sit­u­ated on Wash­ing­ton Street.

Sup­pli­ers include