THE ZANIBAR RESTAURANT WAS LOCATED HERE
For many years my favourite Chinese Restaurant was located on Cook Street. The name of the Chinese restaurant was the Ambassador Chinese Restaurant. It closed after over 30 years in business. I visited on the last day and the manager told me that they had decided to close because the building had been purchased by Pennys [Primark]. The last time I checked the building appeared to be unoccupied.
Elbow Lane is the sign above the green gateway, Elbow Lane in Cork City is a narrow laneway that runs between Oliver Plunkett Street and Patrick Street in the heart of the city centre. The laneway is said to have gotten its name from the fact that it was once used by butchers to transport their meat to the market. The butchers would often have to bend their elbows to get through the narrow passage, hence the name. Note: There is an Elbow Lane restaurant located on Oliver Plunkett Street
This building at No One Cook Street is described as follows: “Terraced two-bay four-storey commercial building, built c. 1925, with single-bay two-storey block incorporating carriage arch to the south. Flat roof with rendered parapet, and having balustrade to southern bay. Rendered walls with incised render surrounds to window openings, and having decorative frieze over carriage arch. Render consoles, fascia, lettering and plaque to carriage arch, with pair of timber doors having wrought-iron hinges. Segmental-arched openings to first floor, square-headed opening and hexagonal opening to second floor, and square-headed openings to third floor. Timber casement windows.”
In 2022 Cork City Council approved plans submitted by Primark for the expansion of the city centre store. The plans would see the retail space of the store increase in size by 17,000 sq ft to 54,000 sq ft, with the project encompassing a site that stretches from Robert St to Cook St, and from Patrick St to Oliver Plunkett St. However, The owner of a property on Cook St, had expressed concerns surrounding the plans for Elbow Lane as part of the development. They property owner has argued that the developer has failed to answer questions such as how they propose to acquire Elbow Lane to develop those lands and secondly “how they propose to then accommodate the accrued private business usage rights for neighbouring premises over Elbow Lane at the Cook Street end of Elbow Lane for the permanent storage, for collection purposes, of refuse bins from that location since their planning application is set to close off that entrance for their sole private usage”.
The status of the Penneys expansion plan in Cork City Centre is that it has been approved. Cork City Council granted planning permission for the expansion in August 2023. The expansion is expected to take around two years to complete, and is estimated to cost around €30 million. Once completed, the new Penneys store will be one of the largest in the country.