Brian Ryan is a seasoned general manager with a passion for creating exceptional dining experiences. Originally from Cobh, Cork, Brian has spent over two decades in the food and beverage industry, holding leadership positions in establishments ranging from bustling cafés to upscale restaurants. Throughout his career, Brian has consistently demonstrated a knack for fostering a welcoming and engaging atmosphere, ensuring that every guest feels valued and appreciated. He thrives on the dynamic nature of the hospitality industry, where each day presents a fresh opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and create memories that linger long after the final bite.
Prior to joining The Viaduct Café & Restaurant, Brian spearheaded operations at renowned establishments like The White House and Electric, leaving an indelible mark on the culinary landscape of Cork. His expertise extends beyond managing daily operations; he possesses a keen eye for detail, an unwavering commitment to quality, and a deep understanding of the intricacies of the food and beverage industry.
Driven by a desire to elevate The Viaduct into a culinary haven, Brian envisions a future where the restaurant becomes a cornerstone of the community, renowned for its delectable cuisine and unparalleled service. He firmly believes that consistency and community engagement are the cornerstones of success, and he is committed to fostering a vibrant atmosphere that makes The Viaduct a cherished destination for locals and visitors alike. While Brian has a penchant for sampling every dish on the menu, his personal favourites include the Gilligans Burger and the Hake fillet, each crafted with meticulous attention to detail and showcasing the freshest local ingredients. Under Brian’s astute leadership, The Viaduct Café & Restaurant is poised to become a culinary landmark, captivating the hearts and taste buds of all who step through its doors. His passion for hospitality, his unwavering commitment to excellence, and his genuine love for people will undoubtedly propel The Viaduct to new heights of success.
the reinvigoration of a local gem
Originating in the early 1990’s as an inn, The Viaduct Inn became part of the Cliste Hospitality family, undergoing major redesign and refurbishment and reopening its doors to the public in September 2022 as a modern Irish brasserie with changing seasonal menus.
The reinvigoration of this local gem was to create “a food and drink hall, and restaurant with menus changing seasonally that will become a destination dining option both for the local Bishopstown and wider Cork population and also for commuters to West Cork.”
The Viaduct is an important and substantial landmark in Cork City, Ireland. It carried one of Ireland’s largest railway networks the Great Southern and Western Railway in the early 20th century. Designed by Charles Nixon and built between 1849 and 1851 by Fox, Henderson, and Co, who also built the Crystal Palace in London.
The Viaduct is an impressive 91 feet high and four 110 feet wide arches. The Viaduct was damaged badly in the 1922 Irish Civil War but was fully repaired. A decking was in place, however, was removed after it closed in 1961.
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