Visitors to the Ulferts Center in Dublin are hungry. Couples and families scope out the growing array of lunch options at the two-level shopping complex: Chinese, Indian, Thai and Japanese food, as well as a bakery and bubble tea shop.
From the strip malls on central avenues to recently developed shopping centers, new restaurants are popping up throughout Dublin like they haven’t for a decade. A total of 22 new restaurants opened last year, according to city data, the most in 10 years. In 2020 and 2021, the city recorded just five new restaurant openings each year.