Outdoor dining developments have been delayed in several areas of Dublin city, as the council has yet to spend €1.3m in funding it received last September from Fáilte Ireland.
This money was to transform Merrion Row, Capel Street and Suffolk Street for outdoor dining.
Gina Murphy, owner of Hugo's Restaurant on Merrion Row, applied for a grant under the Fáilte Ireland winterisation scheme.
She told Newstalk Breakfast nothing has really been moved on.
"Our application for the grant was part of a bigger proposal that we had submitted to the council under the strategic development plan for the city.
"That was to turn Merrion Row in a cultural corridor and a pedestrian walkway... the outdoor dining was a huge part of that."
Asked what has happened since, she says: "Nothing really... we were going very good guns with the council for quite some time.
"Then after the money was granted, sadly everything slowed down and nothing really has happened in the last nine or 10 months.
"The council did built the footpath build-outs for us... we put in all the screens and the planters.
"We used part of the seating grant to buy all the same furniture - tables and chairs - for all the businesses to create one-look, one overall vision for the street".
Gina says a lot of what is there currently was meant to be temporary.
"We had them built over a year ago, thinking that they would just be temporary, especially when we got to September and we got the grant.
"But we've had to reinstate them all for this year, because nothing had really happened with the council.
"So we had to reinvigorate everything and get everything back up and running again".
But she says she met with the council last week, and was given assurances that things will move.
"In fairness to them, they did say 'Look we're going to reinvigorate this and get it up and running again'.
"They're going to meet with us this week - but it was very disappointing for us, to be very honest, as the operators that nothing was really done for us".