Two brothers take the reins as Elbow Lane gets ready to mark a decade in business

The ever-popular eatery has announced that two brothers have landed the top jobs as the restaurant gets ready to mark an important milestone.

Ronan Sharpe (28), the newly appointed general manager and winner of Best Restaurant Manager at this year’s Munster Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2023, joins his brother Harrison Sharpe (30) who is the head chef of the restaurant.

Together they will lead one of the city’s best-loved venues into its tenth anniversary next year.

The Sharpe brothers come from a family steeped in the business of food, farming, and hospitality.

Brady Quality Meats was set up by the family and mum, Mary, is a third-generation publican at the famous Brady’s Bar in Waterford as well as the producer of Irish Gourmet Butter.

The boys grew up helping in these businesses from an early age. Later, Harrison did his degree in culinary arts and Ronan in hospitality management; both studying at the Waterford Institute of Technology.

The brothers have long dreamt of working together and they found the perfect outlet for their skills at Elbow Lane; a restaurant famous for fostering young talent through its staff training and mentoring programme.

“Harrison is the best chef I know, and I am enormously proud to be working alongside him,” said Ronan.

“We can be totally honest with each other in a way that only siblings can, and I know he will always have my back and vice versa. “

New developments in the pipeline include the creation of a fermentation room where Harrison can develop more of the by-products of the Brewery to enhance his dishes. This includes not only vinegar, mead, kombucha and malt expressions, but also ingredients like miso and soy.

Walk in for a table at Elbow Lane, 4 Oliver Punkett Street, Cork City Centre, or book ahead here.

Picture: Clare Keogh

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